Thank you for the laugh. We need more of these stories in the sailors confessional. You are not the only one with such a story.
Couple of things. One the tow rope
is normally for bigger boats when the boat is being supported by said keel
. Also hopefully you got the sailors phone
number who tried to pull you off and he might be willing to go out with you.
The main lesson here is one I learned in aviation. Most plane crashes and boat accidents do not happen because of a single
event or problem. They happen because of a chain of events
. The key to not crashing is to break that chain of events
. Many planes and boats have gone down from an initial event or failure that taken by itself was not that serious.
In flying the mantra is aviate, navigate, communicate. The aviate is there because while trying to deal with a little problem it is easy to forget to aviate (meaning fly the darn plane). In sailing the first thing to remember in a crisis is to pilot the boat. You do not want to make a minor malfunction
worse by say running into a big pile of rocks.
The navigate is to decide on a good course and head
that way whether it be an airport
or a soft beach. And once you have those two in hand communicate your distress
if it is applicable. Chances are with the first two you won't need the the third.
You were with your son so delegating could have helped a lot in this case. Instead of having both your heads trying to figure out the "seacocks". One could have been assigned that task while the other fitted the rudder
. Once that was accomplished the other could have steered while one was getting the sail up.(not that there is much steering
while drifting), but you get the idea.
Good luck, don't give up, and be sure to post the next round...