Tuesday, 24 April 2012


Last Sunday. My mate and I decided.

The weather and tide were good, so we moved
our yacht down to the harbour to place it on its mooring.

I let the yacht down the slip via a long rope and a vehicle and with my mate on board,
who started the engine as it entered the water and made his way out to the mooring after tying up and locking up the cabin, he waited for me to pick him up in our rubber dinghy, the sea state was calm.

I approached the aft step ladders to pick Peter up,and as I arrived, I passed him the pendant and moved to the rear to allow him to climb aboard , Suddenly the dinghy up-ended pouring me out over the back, I rolled straight in the water and was shocked by the cold, which tightened my chest, winding me and also debilitating me, I half expected this to happen! but was completely shocked by the weight increase as my clothes absorbed water, I was unable to swim.

For that moment I came face to face with my own mortality and I felt completely debilitated, some how! I made a grab for the step ladder, and got it, but I was unable or strong enough to do anything else.
My mate Peter leaned over and grabbed me , pulling me up the ladder ( thank the Lord he's as strong as a donkey)
I just stood on the steps with the water draining off of me? I still had my hat and glasses on.

It was so crazy! we usually always wear our life jackets on the water and are very aware of the danger! But can't give a reason for getting caught like this?
This was a wake-up call! that I heard loud and clear.

So my advice to all you reading this? is " Be careful out there" your mortality! walks with you everywhere and always.



  1. So well written and the lesson is so important. It takes just that one moment of forgetfulness for something to happen.

  2. Amen to that, thanks for the comment.

  3. I love the name of your boat! Thank goodness everything worked out. Donna

  4. I posted some pictures to my face book page of the crop duster that was flying directly over my house this week. A little unnerving.

    1. Just a man on an adventure, love to see the pictures but I'm not sure of face book, I'm the opposite of nerd, be well

  5. https://plus.google.com/110643099305088554305/posts

    I think that link is correct. I'm trying to add you to my circles but it won't let me. I can add you back though. Donna

    1. ooooo KKKKKK I under stand? I would really love to join your circle be well Terence

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    1. Hi Cuz, Thank you for you wee message, it makes me feel part of the family, and very happy,I write not for fame I just want someone to remember my name. be well Cuz, Terence xxxx


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