drama on the high seas

4 Nov

Stoffel went “wednesday evening sailing” yesterday.* At the start of the race all of the boats were jostling around trying to be first to cross the line but not cross the line before the siren sounded when:

BAM!

Bally Hoo Too was t-boned by another boat. And then,

POP!

Stof shot off the side of the boat. He managed to prevent himself from being entirely submerged by hanging on to one of the stanchions,** lower body dangling in the icy Atlantic sea. He was just mustering the energy to pull himself back onto the boat when he noticed a disturbing trend with the Bashing Boat: it’s stern (backside) was swinging around and it looked set to collide with Bally Hoo again… right about where Stof was hanging on! Bally hell!

He contemplated and considered letting go and trying to swim below the boats. This seemed like the most sensible option except for the pesky (and already) water-soaked oil-skins he was wearing which might have made the return to the surface somewhat tricky. Luckily, one or both of the boats managed to control themselves and such evasive action was no longer necessary.

“Aah!” you breathe, “they must have been relieved to head back to the dock after all that dramah.”

No. On retrieving my husband, the bally crew took a look at the damage, decided that the gaping hole in the hull would not actually sink the boat immediately and they carried on racing! !!! !!!!!***

*While Stof was sailing, I was (a) in a meeting; (b) blazing around the shops like a maniac; (c) stuck in traffic; and (d) cooking for our mateys who came to visit.

** Look at me using all these fancy nautical terms! That’s one of the poles that holds up the guard rails. Which are supposed to stop people from popping off into the sea, but it broke or something… actually, I still can’t figure out why it didn’t do it’s job last night.

*** I’m clearly not a talented-enough writer to be able to communicate the drama and ridiculousness of it all without using multiple exclamation marks! Sorry!!!

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4 Responses to “drama on the high seas”

  1. Jo 4 November 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Would not sink the boat IMMEDIATELY?!

    Scoff. Fanatics.

  2. stofnsara 4 November 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Ya. It’s a little too much for me…

  3. Meghan 5 November 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Holy cow.

  4. Moonbeam McQueen 5 November 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    I love the exclamations marks!!! And the story!!! Glad it all turned out well!!!

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