I spent the night and until noon dozing and recuperating from my mis-cooked dinner, Les and Jeremie came by to see how I was doing and even brought me a baguette. For the first time in years I didn't have a coffee all day, but by late afternoon I felt somewhat better. Dinner consisted of a thick soup eaten with dunked pieces of baguette and that had me feeling a lot better, good enough to consider having a beer and I opened one up around 20:00 and took it topsides but didn't even have a taste, I knew I wasn't up for that quite yet. I heard a bit of shouting somewhere and watched a late-arriving boat anchor rather close to me (despite the anchorage being almost empty) when I noticed that Elendil, a blue steel ketch with a Swiss flag was anchored in a different place from where it had been in the morning. A minute later I realized that it had moved backwards with the wind and that the crew of 100 foot Oyster "Penelope" was active since the dragging boat was directly upwind of them!
I got my flashlight out, put on a shirt and zipped over on the dinghy. There were scant few feet separating the drifting vessel and Penelope, which had let out chain to avoid, or at least postpone, a collision and they'd deployed all of their fenders. I banged on the hull of the drifting vessel, which was a mistake as the hull was steel and not fiberglass as my bruised knuckles now testify to, but despite the lights being on aboard the vessel was unoccupied. I knew that my 10HP dinghy wouldn't do much against a drifting 60 foot steel ketch so asked if a crew member could jump aboard my dinghy and we could board the offender and see if we could get her underway and avoid a noisesome contact. They were deploying their own tender and soon two of us were aboard the ketch. I found the starter button and we managed to raise the anchor, motor forward and reset the anchor - ensuring that it held this time!
I returned to Zanshin and drained the beer overboard as I wasn't up for it and then watched a movie (#8220;The Big Bang”) and about halfway through the movie I thought that I might drink a Corsaire after all, but after I opened the bottle and took one sip the rest went down the drain and I had just wasted a significant amount of my remaining beer supplies!

Elendil, the dragger In Deshaies this steel ketch dragged anchor in the dark and came scant meters from hitting Penelope, a 100 foot Oyster. This was taken next morning, in the position we'd re-anchored her in.
(2014-04-18 07:09:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Elendil, the dragger
Penelope, the dragee This 100 foot Oyster was almost hit by Elendil, a 60 foot steel ketch that dragged at night in the dark. They put out all their fenders and were releasing more anchor but the dragging vessel came close all the while. We managed to get the engine started and re-set the anchor before any damage was done.
(2014-04-18 07:09:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Penelope, the dragee
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