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CROSSING THE LINE

ON THE ROCKS
IN SO MANY WAYS
A tale of boating catastrophe and romance

Story | John Morris
The story you are about to read is
true - it happened some time ago, so
the names have been changed to avoid
litigation and keep me out of the CY
doghouse.
Mr. A and Ms. B worked at the
same office in a major Canadian city
best unnamed. So far so good.
Mr. A and Ms. B were both married. Not so good, but we will continue.
Mr. A and Ms. B both enjoyed
boats, so they planned a sailing charter
trip in the North Channel. The charter is
a good idea, other aspects not so good.
Both told their respective spouses (separately) they were going on a business
trip. Perhaps you think you can see
where this is going, but hang on, it's
way worse than that.
Picking up their charter in Gore
Bay, the boaters enthusiastically headed
out into the boating paradise. As they
progressed, Mr. A noticed that the depth
was dropping and felt their navigation
might be off a trifle. The depth continued to plummet so Mr. A moved closer
to double check the depth and the nav.
That turned out to be an extremely bad
idea because, yes, they went aground
with a hard thump that sent Mr. A's head
into the bulkhead.
Blood splattered the cockpit and
Mr. A had a very ugly hole in his forehead, but in his groggy state, asked Ms.
B to call for help which she did. Perhaps
she was already beginning to wonder
about this whole endeavour, but she soldiered on.
Help came in an aluminum Coast
Guard Auxiliary boat, which radioed
that the charter boat was not where they
had claimed. That further confirmed Mr.
A's navigation was faulty, but it was a
bit late for that. Or maybe it was an error
in the charts because, while Mr. A fired
off flares, burning his hand by holding

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them too close to the top in the process,
the auxiliary boat captain and navigator argued over its coordinates and also
went aground puncturing the aluminum
above the waterline.

claim) the receptionist took a call from
the medics in Little Current enquiring
how Mr. and Mrs. A were fairing. The
receptionist was confused; Mr. A was
out so she called Mrs. A to gain some

Mr. A and Ms. B were eventually loaded onto the auxiliary boat, set
anchors and abandoned the charter. We
won't discuss the damage and resulting costs - fortunately our boaters
took advantage of the insurance, one
of the few wise decisions in this whole
adventure.
On the way to Little Current, the
rescue boat hit another rock taking out
one of the stern drives. They limped into
Little Current, Mr. A got stitched up, the
charter boat was retrieved by the charter
company and the boaters went home.
But that was only the beginning.
Back at the office a few days later
(the business trip ended early was the

understanding. This is where the real
trouble began. There was clearly some
splainin' to do. A year later, both the As
and the Bs had split.
Although this was a badly conceived, extremely badly executed
boating experience, one aspect of this
sordid tale did come out happily. Mr.
A and Ms. B are still together and have
enjoyed boating for two decades, running aground in several boats in several
places.
The moral of the story is; 1. Learn
to navigate, 2. Be careful with flares.
There are probably other lessons here as
well, but I leave that to you.

OCTOBER 2020



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2020

AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
FEATURE: WINTERIZING
CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 4
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 5
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - FEATURE: WINTERIZING
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