Adventure of the day.
29 July 2011 | Atatore Bay, Losinj Island, Croatia
Adventure of the day! Why does it always have to do with anchoring? Last winter sometime, someone who had been here told me that he laughed when he saw everyone in Croatia anchored with their fenders hung onto the sides of the boat. Before he departed Croatia he had learned that those were the people that knew what they were doing. We see this all the time, the fenders out at anchor. This morning we were hanging out onboard not wanting to leave Threshold as there was a gusty wind blowing through the anchorage and it is lucky we didn't. Suddenly there was a Benditoe, or one of those other bare boat charters out of control powering just past our bow. While Karyn got the engine started I grabbed a fender and headed forward where I could see he had hooked his anchor on our chain. As he powered up, pulling on our chain, his yelling,female, anchor person continued to pull up their chain tighter and tighter so that just as Karyn and I got the fenders between the boats his anchor came sliding up our chain and crashed into our anchor roller. While others fended off I grabbed a line to lift the anchor off our chain. Just when it was looped around and in my finger tips the yelling, female anchor person reversed the windlass and the anchor slid down our chain out of reach. A well timed move on her part. A quick leap into the dinghy and a short trip to the bow and I lifted their fouled anchor off our chain. Now the Benditoe was sliding aft, bow swinging into Threshold, all hands shouting and pushing off saving our paint by millimeters down the entire length of the hull. The non-English speaking skipper was shouting "sequse-a-me, sequse-a-me" as he departed the anchorage never to return. The entire event could not have lasted more than a minute.
Moral: when in Croatia hang your fenders over the side when anchored. We do as of today ... but it still feels silly.