|Captain Joe Aston and s/v Anna M putting the squeeze on Jakatar.|
"I'm at the marina and it's nearly blowing a storm here."
"Yeah I know, I can see the whitecaps from my office window."
"There are two big boats - I mean bigger than yours - tied up to Jakatar, and the wind is squeezing the crap out of your fenders."
"Why aren't those idiots at the transient dock?"
"It's crowded with smaller boats...besides, your boat is the perfect dock."
He assured me that, other than the flattened fenders, everything was OK.
I thought about the sign "Private, No Parking" hanging from Jakatar's rail and my stomach began to tighten. But I had a job to finish. The clock was ticking and I didn't have time to drive out there, shake my fist and call them a bunch of yahoos.
|The Brazilian Bellatrix was also involved in the cozy threesome until the marina staff pulled her across the entrance channel.|
|The happy ending...I hope.|
The vice-president called me later. They had pulled the Brazilian a few meters across the entrance channel an tied it alongside the Wauquiez sailboat on the transient dock. Joe, the Irish guy, refused to move. He claimed that in storm conditions safety was more important than rules. The police noted his name and vessel and told him he'd be responsible for any damage.
This morning I finished the translation and drove to Peniche. The wind had abated to about 25 knots. All seemed well and I didn't bother knocking on the Irish fellow's boat. What for? What was I going to do...and what could he do. Well, he should have placed a couple of his fenders between my boat and the dock to distribute the pressure. But that's something only really considerate people do; most people don't give a damn about others even when they're trespassing. That's the world we live in - take it or leave it, no sense whining about it too much.
I came home, Googled around and found out that Joe Aston is a sailor with an interesting, if not eccentric, background. Here's some information I dug up:
I also read that he was a goat farmer, a journalist and a couple other things I can't remember now. I have short memory.
Here's a video of Anna M and Joe sailing in rough weather. Have a good trip Joe, just don't scratch my boat on the way out.