After weeks of good weather when the tide was out and cr@p weather when the tide was up, eventually a good weekend came along.... or so I thought. Forecast wasn't brilliant, but the plan was to head off to Sark on the last of the tide at 7.30 this morning to meet up with some friends travelling down from Alderney.
It went quite well for the first 10 miles though the sea was definitely slight verging on moderate and the wind was picking up as we got further out and the mist came down. Then my engine drops to 3000 revs and the overheat alarm comes on beeping at me. First time I've experienced a problem out at sea, and of course with my complacency about the reliability of my Suzzy I hadn't bothered putting the aux on this year
. I looked round and saw the tell tale wasn't telling tales so I cut the engine. Couldn't see anything wrong, no placcy bags round the intakes etc. Gave it a restart and it piddled out the telltale a bit then picked up. Alarm had stopped by this time so I turned round and we gingerly headed back into the building seas.
Fine I thought, can't really get back to my mooring cos the tides out so what shall we do. Then i hear a request from the CG looking for someone to help a small open boat with navigation problems. It was about 7 miles from me. Do I don't I? Well after thinking I was going to need rescuing 10 mins before I replied and head to the co-ords.
It pisses me off when I go out of my way and find it's to help people who've gone out with no radio, no GPS, no compass
. They'd lost sight of land and got disorientated. Their only saving grace was a yacht who saw they were in distress but wasn't able to help. Anyway by the time we arrived the mist had lifted and they could see their way. English wasn't their first language and I don't think they even realised all that had gone on between the yacht myself and Jersey Radio to help them!
We still had a few hours to spare so stopped off at the Ecrehoes for a bit of sunbathing and laughing at all the frenchies who seem to drop the anchor after they've grounded and walk it up the beach by hand.
1 - A busy day at the Ecrehoes. Spot the frenchman who managed to find the only rock in the bay to moor on top of
2 - Not much garden, but a good sea view!
3 - My rib with Jersey in the background silouhette
4 - Catamaran on the rocks