Saturday, April 02, 2011
Also hanging around today was this big, about 2 1/2 feet long turtle - doing nothing. Heck, she should knit and at least produce something instead of hanging about a canyon hiding from human blobs.
As I was rinsing off the salt water at the dive shop, the VHF radio came alive with a call for help from a sailboat. Their engine had quit and "alarms were going off everywhere". Fortunately, Jonesy had just arrived in the dinghy and we could see the boat out about a mile beyond the reef.
So, we headed out to the cut in the reef and met up with other cruisers who were coming out in their dingies to help too. The disabled sailboat used their sail and tacked back and forth into the wind to come closer to us. The seas beyond the reef are just too rough for our little dinghies to go all the way out to where they were stopped.
When the sailboat got to us, we tied up a dinghy to the center and the stern cleats on both sides and started our engines. Acting like four miniature tugboats, we managed to move the big boat forward and into the safety of the mooring field on the calm side of the reef. Also fortunately, there was one, and only one mooring available as this is the high season here on Roatan. Other cruisers in dinghies guided the sailboat towards the mooring ball and picked up the line. There was a smooth and gentle handover to the waiting hands of the captain who ran his lines through the pennant. (pennant = line from mooring ball which is underwater and is covered in stinging, alive sea creatures and goo). Whooo hoooo! Safe!
|Spring Socks by Claudia Tietze|
Now, of course, they have to diagnose the engine problem and make repairs. But the family (Captain, wife, and daughter) on this Canadian vessel (Kodo) are now safe and life goes on at the West End of Roatan Island, Honduras, Central America.
Now that it's April I can finally show you the socks that I test knit for the Six Sox Knitalong Yahoo group. These are the Spring Socks by Claudia Tietze. Very nice, with just a touch of lace.
The pattern is available for free only during the months of April and May.