On our last day in Carriacou we were working on the boats getting ready to move on. Around 16:00, two fleets of charter boats swarmed into the already crowded anchorage. The fleets, Dream Yacht Charters and Sunsail, each had a company employed Fleet Captain who hopped into their dinghies to direct each of the boats to a specific anchoring spot. One large cat was positioned just a ways ahead of us. Oh no, we thought; here we go.
Sure enough, the guy could not begin to handle his vessel. He dropped anchor with the chain hanging straight down and began backing quickly towards us. The anchor did not hold (wonder why?), and the boat swung sideways to the wind. He tried this same maneuver several times before he just sat there, beam on to the wind and sliding down towards us. We waved him off, and he pulled ahead, away from us, but still beam on to the wind and drifting.
I kept watching him and tried to get his attention. Patti on Native Dancer blew her horn at him to no avail. He kept drifting sideways, waiting for someone to intervene, I guess, and I finally has to scream at him to get his attention. He looked at me , startled, and I pointed at his imminent peril. He barely cleared this beautiful custom-built aluminum racer.
I was incensed at this situation and wrote to Dream Yacht Charters describing in detail the events of that day. Believe it or not, I got an email back from them thanking me for the information and my input. They promised to try to amend their fleet practices to avoid having such a potentially dangerous situation ever happen again. We’ll see what next year brings along.