Tak­ing the plunge

Yachting Monthly - - THE END - Bar­bara Molin

Af­ter an­chor­ing overnight in crowded Le­fkas har­bour in Greece, I de­cided to Med-moor Ei­dos, my 32ft East Ori­ent, to the town quay nearby. Af­ter start­ing the en­gine, I hauled the chain hand over hand into the chain locker and as soon as the CQR slid on to the bow roller, I walked quickly aft to steer Ei­dos’ bow to­wards the quay. I then let go of the stern an­chor, let out the chain and rode, and when the bow was near the con­crete quay,

I put the en­gine in neu­tral, walked for­ward and grabbed one of the bow­lines. There was no one nearby to help, so I climbed over the bow rail and then stepped on the CQR, which I use as my step for get­ting ashore. How­ever, I’d for­got­ten to fit the an­chor pin that se­cures the an­chor to the bow roller and pre­vents it from launch­ing it­self un­ex­pect­edly, which it did as soon as my weight was on it – tak­ing me, the an­chor and the chain into the drink, barely avoid­ing the con­crete wall. Af­ter sur­fac­ing, still hold­ing the bow­line in my hand, I quickly climbed out and man­aged to se­cure Ei­dos to the quay. That’s when I no­ticed the rusty iron re­bars stick­ing out of the quay’s sea­ward side…

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