Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond.
(with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)
Aw hell, I do that all the time!
Holey smokes. Only a surfer knows the feeling ... and a couple of crazy Danish sailors.
Good to have someone on the bow - to fend off incase you hit the wall. :(
My insurance company?MetLife - why do you ask?
Was that the one of the nine Poles (Whisker, Spinnaker, Mast, Boom, Boathook, Tenfoot, North, South, Magnetic?) with only one experienced sailor who chartered the 40-foot Delphia 40 "Cedar" out of Gdynia and scraped their way into Svaneke Harbour, Bornholm, after the skipper had been sailing for 25 hours? It looked like a mixture of luck and skilled boat handling but preceded perhaps by poor judgment and fatigue. A very slight difference in wave sets could have blown up their boat on a harbour wall.
Pat, is that the story behind that entrance? I didn't know what the backstory was. Naturally the monday-morning quarterbacks were hard at work over at BoingBoing - I didn't have anything to add but if asked, I would definitely put in my vote with skill plus a LOT of luck. The slightest miscalculation & the outcome could've been horrifying.
ps - great list of Poles!
I'm not too sure about the list of poles, but Pat has the basic story correct. The wind was up to 22 m/s at the entrance.
And for those of us here on non-metric shores - that's just a hair shy of 50MPH. Yikes. I wonder if anyone but the skipper ever went sailing again?Not asking about the captain - people that good mostly don't quit.
I sent this to my brother who has a great deal of sailing experience. He was impressed by the skill shown, but suggested that there might have been a lot of local knowledge involved as well. "Maybe this wasn't the first time they've done this" was his exact comment.
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