Our plan for first thing in the morning was to raise anchor then sail east a few miles to one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean, the Tobago Cays. We’ve heard some say the Cays are over-rated, but we think you have to go a long ways to beat them. We try not to miss them each year.
We called Pat and Darnell on the VHF and told them to go ahead first because they still had one of the boats anchored ahead, and their anchor looked to be under the other vessel. Pat called the boat ahead politely asking if they would move forward on their anchor for a couple minutes while he raised anchor, and the vessel refused to move. Sure enough, they were on top of Pat’s anchor, and the two boats soon became entangled with mayhem shortly ensuing.
As Pat’s anchor came up, the other boat’s chain was tangled over Pat’s and the two boats started drifting towards the reef behind them. Boat boys came rushing to their aid, but two of the men refused to get involved fearing the potential danger. One man finally pulled his pirouge up to Pat’s bow and muscled the other boat’s chain off and into the water. Pat pulled ahead quickly and was free, but the offending boat was stuck on the reef with wind in the 20’s pushing him further aground. With the aid of several boat boys, the bad boat was pulled off the reef after a harrowing few moments – all for the sake of refusing to pull ahead for at most 5 minutes while Pat raised anchor.
After a short sail to the Cays, we settled in on our anchor and waited for Pat and Darnell to arrive to anchor behind us. On the way over I spoke to Darnell on the radio, and it was clear from the tremor in her voice that she was seriously shaken up. Who wouldn’t be? Even after safely anchoring, we could tell they still had not recovered from their near disaster. Quick thinking and help from the local boat boys had saved the day, and the two boats. A morning we wished to never repeat.
We kicked back for a couple days before sailing