We had Just crossed the Bay of Biscay, one of the most whimsical part of our Journey to the Caribbean. We had also Just passed the halfway point On our journey to the Canary Islands.
Extremely Tired but happy at our achievement we got into the harbor at 1.00 Saturday night. Nothing out of the usual, like many times before we entered the Marina, read the signs, and aimed for a transit dock along our port side. The current and wind where pulling us in all directions. As many knows, to be able to steer in bad weather we had to increase our speed. we missed our transit dock with a meter or so, putting chibidarra in reverse to go back, but.
NO REVERSE, NOTHING!!!
We where now in the Middle of the Marina doing a couple of knots with no reverse and no space to circulate. So for 0,1 NM (That is 185.2 meters at 2 knot) , less than 3 minutes we tried as hard as we could to get the motor in reverse but we where not that Fortunate. So a little bit passed one o’clock we went into a rock wall.
On the way we scratched a small fishing boat and Chibidarra will need repairs. The crew is all right and no one got hurt at the impact. l’ve tought about losing the breaks in a Car but never in a boat. I have never feelt So helpless in my life Just watching our beloved home and boat crash into the stone wall.
But in the end no one remember to Shout : ” Sikta på något billigt” – SOS Sällskapsresan
In the end we bent pulpit and some of the railing. After the railing and pulpit bent away the bow anchor took most of the energy and bent and we also had some cracks in the deck but nothing structural that we cant go on sailing with for now. Later on we will need to remove the bow roller and fore stay to do some fiberglass work. For now we did our best to bend the anchor to its correct form again so it is at least usable again.