Dressed for the job

Yachting Monthly - - YACHT CHARTER -

By Ni­cola Wake­ham Af­ter a pleas­ant sum­mer cruise through the Chan­nel Is­lands, we tied up to a friend’s moor­ing on the River Yealm prior to go­ing home. Whilst try­ing to pick up the buoy I dropped the boathook into the wa­ter and watched it quickly drift away.

My rushed to lower the dinghy from the davits to go and save it. Dinghy duly low­ered, I jumped in. Only then did I re­alise that I hadn’t put the bung in. I was soon up to my el­bows in muddy river wa­ter and the flow was im­pos­si­ble to stem. For­tu­nately, I was still at­tached to the davits, so I sog­gily clam­bered out and wound the dinghy up. Once drained, I put the bung in and started again.

I man­aged to re­trieve the boathook and re­turned tri­umphant. My part­ner's an­gry look puz­zled me at first, un­til I re­alised I was wear­ing his brand new and much­prized red jumper, which I was al­lowed to wear on the con­di­tion that I swore to look af­ter it. I had to­tally for­got­ten I was wear­ing it, and it took much wash­ing un­til it smelled any­where near fresh again.

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