THE BIG SCARE
I had gone to bed and was just drifting off to sleep when there was a thunderous rat a tat tat on the side of the boat and lots of splashing. Wide awake and with a huge adrenaline hit I rush on deck with the big torch expecting to see some capsized dinghy or a drifting boat with a broken mooring and maybe someone in the water, but there was nothing. No boat nobody in the water no noise just the tranquility of the anchorage. I am puzzled s the noises were really loud and there was lots of splashing but where have the people and the boat gone. Peering into the water I look for drowning figures and submerged boats but nothing.
At this point it dawns on me - FISH! Dolphins possibly or some other predators had chased a shoal of biggish fish from below and some had jumped out of the water hitting Elephants Child. The clue, lots of scales in the water.
They were still at it next morning!
TWOC Taking Without Owners Consent
I was lying in bed this morning recovering from last nights scare and playing with my new toy when I pulled in a Bahamas SSB cruisers net talking about a stolen boat, a crashed light aircraft, two stolen cars, and a string of burglaries. It turns out they think this is all the work of an american teenager called Colton Harris-Moore.
This is just the latest in a string of suspected thefts of aircraft, boats and cars spread across American from the far North West Corner to the South East.
In November 2008, he allegedly stole a Cessna 182 light aircraft from a hangar on Orcas Island, also in Washington state. Despite never having had a flying lesson he was supposedly able to take off, eventually crash-landing it 300 miles (483km) away.
In September last year, he allegedly stole another plane in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, crash-landing it 260 miles away in Snohomish, Washington.
He crashed the one he stole from Indiana in the Bahamas in shallow water just off a beach.
On the Internet he comes across as a Robin Hood figure with the nickname the barefoot bandit.
He is just another teen TWOCer but he has his own facebook page, 45,000 fans and a $10,000 FBI bounty on his head.
Publishing houses are queueing up to sign him to 6 figure book deals.
ONLY IN AMERICA
He seems to have esecaped again! He must be a master of disguise despite being 6 foot 5 inches tall!
SAILING TO THE TOBAGO KEYS ON SUNDAY WEATHER PERMITTING YIPPEE.