Caught out on cam­era

Yachting Monthly - - THE END - Roy Sher­iff

I de­cided to make a video show­ing how to en­ter and leave moor­ings in the Dee es­tu­ary. On a calm day, when the buoys were clearly vis­i­ble and cam­era shake min­i­mal, the leav­ing bit worked well. But on the way back, eyes fixed on the viewfinder, I left the helm­ing to crew. Pick­ing out the chan­nel buoys us­ing close-ups and panoramic views, my nar­ra­tion went some­thing like: ‘As you head down the buoyed chan­nel, you’ll see off your star­board bow a red fish­ing boat… Where’s it gone?’ Tak­ing my eyes from the viewfinder, the red fish­ing boat was some dis­tance off our port bow and we were headed for the largest sand­bank in the area on an ebbing tide. With less than a me­tre un­der­neath, we dropped all sails, en­gine go­ing as fast as we could to the marked chan­nel, hoping we’d still have enough wa­ter to make it back to the moor­ing. Need­less to say, the video was never used!

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