15 June 2019 | Start of a Long, Dark, Whitsunday Night
It's not often you hear a Mayday. Exciting. Worrying. And right when we were at a crucial point on Nashville. Would Deacon hit the bottle again? Would Will make public his dark secret and kill his burgeoning career before it got started? All this stress and then, bang, right at the crux……."MAYDAY".
"Mayday, Mayday. This is….. “ well, let's be kind and just call them, "Saucy Sue".
"Saucy Sue. This is Marine Rescue. What's your problem?"
Now, Deacon was just reaching up to the cupboard. What was in it? Would he crash off the wagon? Again?As for Will. He was all a dither. Who would he let down? What would he achieve?
And Saucy Sue ........ "We've broken free of our mooring and are adrift" "And its dark".
"Where are you Saucy Sue?"
.......the cupboard creaked slowly open. Deacon was tormented. Will picked up the microphone and stared blankly into the audience...... and Saucy Sue was adrift in the dark.
What a night. What tension.
Fortunately Deacon and Will could be paused. Saucy Sue's plight, while desperately needing a Pause button of their own, sounded like they were, well, in the shit.
The nights here when this all happened a few days ago were moonless, absolutely pitch black and a nasty reef is seldom far away. As moored boats passed by Saucy Sue's windows in the dark and with the sure and certain knowledge of a reef close by, Saucy Sue were beginning to panic.
Meanwhile Marine Rescue issued a Mayday Seelonce and started going through all their prescripted questions. "And Saucy Sue. How many people on board? Are you wearing life jackets? "What is your lat/long?", all the while we're screaming at the mic, "Start your flippin' engine". "Drop your anchor".
"We've hit something!" cried Saucy Sue.
"Where are you Saucy Sue?" cried Marine Rescue.
"I don't know. It's dark.” And en, to emphasise the depth of the problem, “We're novices”.
And then I cried in the sure and certain knowledge our insurance premiums were about to take another hike.
Anyway, all ended well. Marine Rescue hauled them off the reef and, having seen Saucy Sue being driven into the Marina by one of Queensland Yacht Charters staff, I think we can safely assume the crew were safe and putting their nerves back together in one of the many luxury resorts around the Whitsundays.
And Deacon? And Will?........ Best watch the series!