We had a nice week with our friend from Chapel Hill, Chris Krueger. We wanted to go to the the Songwriters in Paradise event but the wind direction/velocity did not cooperate. One day we were anchored at Man O War Cay. A big blow was coming in with 20-25 knot winds. Bruce had been suffering with a bad back for several days. Because of this and the blow he opted to stay on the boat while Chris and I took the dinghy to shore for a 5 pm walk and a beer. Man O War is a dry island but one Marina has a restaurant and bar. When we returned to our dinghy around 7, it was quite dark but we were prepared with a flashlight. Of course, we had secured the dinghy quite well so there was no problem there. We dinghied the short distance to the boat in very high wind and bouncy waves. Bruce was there helping us get from dinghy to boat. I hopped aboard and Bruce took the dinghy painter (the line we use to tie the dinghy to the boat). Chris was stepping onto Willow when a big wave came along and Bruce lost the line. The wind was blowing the dinghy away quickly as Chris stood on Willow’s ladder. Bruce said “Chris, you have to swim for the dinghy” Chris jumped in the dark, cold, very choppy water with the wind howling, with clothes on and was able to grab the line and pull it back to the boat. If he hadn’t gotten it, the dinghy would have quickly blown away from us and out to sea. Chris had completely submerged with wallet and walkie talkie but luckily no cell phone. What a savior. Thanks Chris!!!!!!
After this we had mostly sunny, warm days with enough wind to sail but not too much. Here are some photos from the week.