Back in Chateaubelair after ten Years
02 August 2016
When we rented a boat ten years ago, we made our first stop on the island St Vincent here. It also was our first anchoring as we had stayed in buoys earlier, and it is quite a tricky anchorage with big differences in depth. I was on the front deck letting the anchor go, while Bjørn was steering the boat.
"Is the anchor out?" - "Yes, it is totally out!" - "Good!" - "No, it is not good, the chain is not connected to the boat!"
The anchor and chain were on 10 meters depth. We tried to berth at a small pontoon, but it was so much swell the boat could have been crushed. After some negotiation we were allowed to use a fisherman´s buoy for a relatively reasonable price. Three strange looking characters came on board, one of them looking like the Tolkien figure Gollum. He offered to free dive and look for the anchor, but it got dark before he could find it.
So, there we sat in the cockpit with some wine and cheese, rolling from side to side, listening to music and shouting from the village while generous fumes of ganja spread around us. We were not certain we wanted to go to sleep.......
At sunrise Gollum and his two companions climbed on board, and they managed to find and bring up the anchor!