Tumultuous Uproar

A cruising boat with a racing problem...

Uninvited Dinner Guest

26 August 2017
Devin and Liz from Moosetracks were joining us for a dinner of Duck Curry. Yes, we have found another way to enjoy the canned duck we get in the French islands. It must have smelled good as we had an uninvited dinner guest join us.

We are anchored next to Oyster Thief, a catamaran inhabited by Tim and his Chocolate Lab, Bertie. Bertie would be that dog who chases every car that drives by her yard except for the fact that she doesn't live in a yard. Instead, she barks at passing dinghies and dives in, trying to catch them! She is especially vocal if there is a dog riding the bow of the dinghy. There are a lot of dogs here in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou so Bertie is busy!

Not to worry though, Oyster Thief has steps up the transoms right at water level. Bertie can easily climb back aboard and shake the water off.

We were finishing dinner and everything was quiet in the anchorage. We enjoyed a green flash at sunset and it was quite dark at 7:30. We heard scratching on our swim platform and Bertie sprang into our cockpit. What a shock! She was very friendly and pleased to join us. This is one time when our 60” wheel blocking the cockpit proved to be a blessing. Devin and I were able to grab Bertie before she bounded into our laps and shared the scraps on our plates. It took some effort to keep her at bay. We shoved her back onto the swim platform.

I wasn't comfortable with just pushing her back into the bay. What if she was lost and thought Uproar was her boat? I got her into the dinghy and we putted back to Oyster Thief. Bertie jumped back on her boat with a wag of her wet tail.

Today, Simon, Holly, Daisy (their 1 year old daughter) and Scrumpy (Jack Russell Terrior) stopped by. We made water for them because their tanks are fouled with mold and all were sick from drinking it. Scrumpy jumped aboard and made himself at home. He is a really sweet Jack. Good thing Sophie was sleeping below or she may have decided to teach Scrumpy a lesson.

It is good to have dog visitors....OK, at least the dry ones.
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Vessel Name: Tumultuous Uproar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 42s7
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Russ Whitford & Lisa Alberte plus Sophie our Jack Russell Terrier
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