I’d brought the boat around and dropped anchor on the beach. I swear I turned my back just for a second and blow me down the boat fair drifts away. I thought I had it firmly anchored!
We all watched from the beach in dismay. There it is drifting away. Drifting toward what looks like a mega cruiser. “Oh sh**t! That doesn’t look good”, I thought to myself.
My mind was reeling as I worked out the best way to tackle it. “OK swim over. Grab the rope. Haul yourself onto the boat. You’ve got this”, I thought to myself as I launched myself into the water. But did you?
OK false bravado aside I really thought I had it covered. I could make the distance. The keys were in it. I just had to swim hard to get there in time. What could possibly go wrong?
Best laid plans
Making decisions in the heat of the moment probably wasn’t the best option. I was totally exhausted by the time I got to the boat. I’d made the distance. It was hard yakka but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.
When it dawned on me that the rope with the anchor just wasn’t there I was dumbfounded. I could feel the penny drop into the pit of my stomach. I realised that I’d have to go back. I didn’t have the strength to get on the boat without it. Would I make it? “Mmm”, I thought to myself. “Maybe my best laid plans might have been done a bit better.
Back I go…
Life is precious
When I felt my wife’s crooked arm settling under my chin to rescue me I knew I would never live the experience down.
Looking back now I think to myself, “Seriously, you’ve got this have you mate? cause the last time I looked it was no lean, mean, fighting machine staring back at in the mirror! It’s been a while since you ran your last marathon… LOL like that ever happened?!#$*”.
Now my mates may have a go and admonish me on sloppy sailors knots but the truth is it was a close call. Things could well have gone pear shaped.
For Steve. Glad you and the boat made it back in one piece
This happened to a friend of mine on the summer holidays in 2022. Thankfully his wife saved him. Another onlooker managed to get on the boat and stopped it hitting the mega cruiser.
Phrase or saying
- Blow me down – (UK) surprised
- False bravado – (Italian) talking about how you can do something even if you can’t
- Feel the penny drop – (UK 1930’s) Realise. (Oxford English Dictionary says it refers to penny in the slot machines and an article written in the Daily Mirror in 1939).
- Hard yakka – (Australia 1840’s) Work hard. (From Australian indigenous word. Made popular in the last 30 years as there was a catchy advertisement slogan for mens workwear).
- Have a go – Can have a range of meanings. In this instance it means to tease someone.
- In the heat of the moment – (UK) say or do something without thinking
- No lean, mean, fighting machine – (USA 1970’s)
- Pear shaped – (UK) to go wrong or to fail badly
- Pit of my stomach – (UK) Where you feel nervousness or excitement deep deep down
- You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do – (UK) do what is necessary