In­spired by Sir Robin!

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

This year I tried to sail to the Shet­lands in my Carter 30 Vic from Łeba, in Poland. The fore­cast stopped me go­ing through Sk­ager­rak, so I chose Lim­fjor­den. I missed the last Od­desund bridge open­ing be­fore it closed for main­te­nance and, with only one or two days to spare, I had to head home.

Half­way back through Limjor­den, I ran aground. I no­ticed a cou­ple on Dan­ish boat, asked for help and they sailed over. The cou­ple, in their 70s, were keen to help but didn’t know how to give a tow, and wrapped the rope around their prop. To res­cue my boat, now I must res­cue theirs.

I re­moved three or four loops but the rope was jammed round the shaft. I had al­most given up when I re­mem­bered Sir Robin Knox-John­ston div­ing to clear a fish­ing net from the keel of Saga In­sur­ance dur­ing The Velux 5 Oceans Race.

If he could do it in the South­ern Ocean, I could do it here! I asked the Dan­ish skip­per for a knife, freed the prop, swam to and fro for 15 min­utes to rig the tow and then I was towed off.

The Danes were very help­ful, but Sir Robin’s psy­cho­log­i­cal boost was price­less. Marek Riss­mann

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