Not all fun and games
Our destination yesterday, Disappearing Island, was a short 20-minute motor from where we were anchored. It is named as such because at high tide the exposed sandbar disappears under a bit of water. Apparently during the summer weekends, there can be as many as 250+ boats anchored and rafted up along its shore. This being the off season, and not ideal weather, there were a few less spectators for the drama that was about to ensue.
To begin, the charts show the approach to the island as having only 2 feet of water. Our friends are from this area and knew this not to be true but we still waited for some other friends to lead us through the “channel” in their small power boat. The conditions were as follows: 15 knots of wind and a 3 knot ebb current pushing us first towards and then by the island. The plan was for Knot Tide Down to first set their bow anchor, back in towards the island and then secure a stern anchor onto the shore. After following the lead boat and Knot Tide Down towards the island, we realized there was no way we could hold our position long enough for them to set their anchor so we wisely backtracked to deeper water to wait. Let’s just say that it didn’t go exactly as planned and although there were no great human injuries, Knot Tide Down suffered a little bit of damage. This is the power of the wind and the water!
Plan B had them retreat back to where we were waiting and we both ended up setting our anchors there. We feel bad that our friends had a bit of damage to their boat but are glad that we weren’t right there with ZTC to add even more complexity to the problem.
Speaking of fun though, many of our evenings lately have been spent with other cruising friends playing a variety of games. Two that we highly recommend are Catch Phrase and Apples to Apples. The first one works well with 4 people and the latter one is even better with a bit larger group. Those are just a couple of Christmas shopping tips brought to you by your friends at Zero To Cruising. 🙂
Boaters tip: Get rid of the silly boxes that these games come in. They are full of wasted space. We typically store game cards and such in ziplock baggies.