Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Anchoring antics - St Maarten Heineken Regatta 2008

We all have our "day(s) of shame" so I shouldn't feel smug as it is bad karma, but there were lots and lots of boats anchored out and about us in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten for the Heineken Regatta two weeks ago.

This boat seems to have snagged someone else's chain. They tried for at least 5 minutes to remove their catch from the anchor using a boat hook. The chain was too heavy for that method and finally someone came in a dinghy and unwrapped it for them. I thought they should have just lowered their anchor and it might have come free or if not, dive on it 10-15 feet depth and untangle the chain.

The guy behind us on the catamaran left before it got crowded which was probably a good thing as he certainly had a bad attitude. He was sure the other yacht was over his anchor chain and after yelling at them for a bit he went for a swim to prove it... Look closely and you can see him in the water above his anchor. Notice how far away the other boat is? How much scope did he think he had out? No apologies were given.

But, soon after, he had another boat to deal with...

Here's an interesting way to pick up a mooring...

They were chased off of this mooring and rightly so as it was unsafe. There was a boat on it the day before and it dragged.

We are always surprised at how many people will pick up an abandoned mooring, tie themselves off, and leave without checking it.... People tying to fish traps can be especially entertaining unless they are upwind of you :)