Well, can you imagine, the engines are running, people on the dock are watching and the girls have the lines in hand ready to cast off. I have my hands on the helm, I look up and guess what I see? A lot of boat. In fact that is all I can see. I can only just see the two bows. At this point I'm thinking, sh*t when did the boat get this big. I take my hands (sweaty hands) off the helm and double check that the girls have everything under control. Yes we are good to go. In fact the girls are starting to get a little impatient and I can feel the crowd of onlookers sensing my nerves. Well to be honest I didn't want to do this and I suggest to Sarah that we wait for Willem (previous owner) to show me the "ropes" again! Well like most of the adventure to date, Sarah tells me to get on with it...and told the girls to release the lines...we were off. The rest is history...well, until it was time to put her back. That's a story I'll keep to myself for a while.
I've added a picture of what it looks like at the helm. You can just see the starboard and port bows. Camille is sitting on the starboard bow. Note the boat in front of me. I need to turn right before hitting that, but not to sharp or I hit the bow of the boat next to me.
The good news is we went out again today and both the start and finish went better than last time. Although, somehow Hector is now sitting in the berth next door! That's another story.. Anyway the marina guy complemented me on my much improved berthing. Maybe next time, I'll get the right berth!
Over and out
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.