Grab­bing a hand­ful

Yachting Monthly - - YACHT CHARTER -

By Vince Mid­dle­ton A num­ber of years ago, just prior to sell­ing my fa­ther’s boat, the two of us were out for a test run, which went well un­til re­turn­ing to the ma­rina in Pwhelli. As we came up the har­bour with the ebb tide rip­ping, the en­gine conked out. We had an ad­di­tional out­board on the tran­som, so it was no dis­as­ter. Steer­ing was dif­fi­cult, how­ever. As we fought to man­age the boat, we ap­proached a yacht adorned with the own­ers' wash­ing hung out to dry. I grabbed the near­est thing to me. The thing that came to hand was a bra, bil­low­ing in the breeze. De­spite its gen­er­ous size, it was in­suf­fi­cient to hold us against the ebb and it came away in my hand. Even­tu­ally, by luck more than skill we man­aged to se­cure our­selves to a pon­toon and pre­tend that noth­ing had hap­pened. I never did have the nerve to re­turn the un­for­tu­nate lady’s gar­ment.

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