My nephew Martin and i went from Skåtøy to his very first sailing trip.
He was very good and seems to have a natural talent.
Unfortunately the skipper lacks such talent and i managed to run the boat on a underwater cliff in the archipelago.
The impact was really hard and the boat immediately took in water.
SAR vessel approaching
I called for help on Tjøme Radio and only after 15 minutes the SAR vessel was reaching us. Good to have a VHF radio. But in the stress i forgot to hit the DSC button and gave the position verbally instead. The position was not transfered correctly to the SA but they found us after some dialogue on the radio.
These guys are so phantastic. They installed a pump and took us to a harbour where the boat was liftet up and set on dry land.
Martin and me had a bit of a shock. But the guys on the SAR were so cool and they let Martin sit in the front seat while towing.
At Sandtangen yard
All in all it was an exiting experience scary but in the end it was something to write on facebook about.
He became a sailor in short time!
They also gave me some psychological boost. I really felt like an idiot but they tried to convince me that this could happen to everybody and from their experience it happens.
Martin and i boosted our egos in the evening by watching others making a fool of them selves. Such idiots!!! :) :
Only days after there was a horrible accident in the archipelago with a collision between a taxi boat and a motor boat in the middle of the night. The same SAR vessel was rescuing people but there were casualities.