Welcome back Penny, we missed you! (oh and Rodney too - LOL)
I love your blog and visit periodically. It must have been a while because I don't remember the stick going in as evidenced by teh binocular photo
(cool idea BTW). I suppose I should sign up to the emails. Your site is so much fun.
BTW - I just knew if there was an emergency
you and the salty boys would be running around in a panic, getting wet, hauling lines and doing all that nautical stuff, while only Penny would keep her head
about her - LOL
Glad it worked out well.
Interestingly, yesterday we were out and our channel has lot's of barge traffic. One of Singapore's big imports is dirt and they shuttle it around on towed barges. Well yesterday we had about a 2.5kt current
running down channel and downwind. This is the time the barges really have to rip down the channel to stay in control.
We saw a couple of police boats as we were beating up the channel and as we approached it looked like a tug had lost
power. This would be very bad because they were upwind, upchannel from about 40 moored fiberglass boat
The good news we were off our mooring. Just kidding. Anyway we called the club and asked them to watch out.
By this time the tug and barge are almost sideways in the chanel and the barge had almost overtaken the tug. The police boats looked as if they had rafted up to the tug, one on each side.
Then inexplicably the tug started moving and started to get straightened out. He eventually got under way again but at a really reduced speed.
Looking back on it, we speculated whether it was a police stop or not. Seems a really dumb idea to staop a barge under tow in a 2/5 kt channel but that's the kind of stuff they do around here. The police boats escorted him all the way down the channel. The next barge coming behaved entirely normally. Weird...