Day 9: Strolla gets Grounded
Trip Start Nov 10, 2010
32Trip End Ongoing
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Not one of us slept well that night. Where we were anchored, there was a really strong tidal current
Captain Pete's alarm went off at 6 am, and it was now time to leave for Nassau. He walked up on deck only to return a few seconds later informing us we were stuck on a sand bar. We didn't drag our anchor in circles like we thought, but across the bay and onto this sand bar. To make things worse, it was high tide. The next high tide wasn't until 5:45 pm so all we could do was wait. Shortly after, the boat started to lean...and lean and lean and lean. By low tide around noon, Strolla was now sitting on her side in ankle deep water. It made a great photo op, but man it was embarrassing, as every local fisherman passed us laughing hysterically with huge grins on their faces. So we sat there...all day long
As the tide began to rise we started to formulate a plot. The plan was flawless. We were to set a series of anchors to pull the boat off the sand bar. Since we grounded at high tide, we'd have a small time frame to work with, so we had to work quick. As Strolla had almost come back to upright, everything heavy in the boat was moved from the port side, the side she'd been lying on all day. I put on my snorkel gear and set an anchor as far off the starboard side as I could get it. The anchor line was hung from the top of the mast, so the pull in that direction would be the strongest. Nate quickly jumped in the water to help. Starting from the anchor, he began to climb the line to the mast. He was a good 6 feet out of the water hanging on the rope, the all of the sudden, Strolla shot free. The plan worked perfectly. We were all so excited that everything had worked as planned, we ignored the fact we were a day behind schedule. That night for the first time we broke out the rum.