|Lee and Tom act as a port stern thruster|
It's now time for more follow up on Tom's responsibilities as a Dinghy Wrangler. At first glance it might seem easy. Don't let the boats hit anything as they dock and undock. D-uh. But add in all the normal factors like wind, current, other boats then add classic factors like pre-race, post-race, full keels and full egos and it gets a lot more complicated than don't let the boats hit anything. Let's take a closer look.
|Dinghy port shove while the other wranglers gets the anchor buoy|
|Tight spot, wranglers getting the anchor buoy|
|Anchor buoy brings up the chain|
|Getting the chain on board and set to stop the boat from hitting the dock|
|No engine? No problem - dinghy engine the recue for sy Synia|
|Delivering sy Synia to her spot|
|Lee and Tom chatting away with the crew while they wait|
There was some kewl down time waiting for boats to go out, chatting with owners, skippers or the crew. In between morning duty and afternoon often meant hanging out in the Panerai booth drinking espresso or S. Pellegrino new Blood Orange Sparkling Water and eating mini croissants while reading the Wall Street Journal. Or walking the dock and talking to the remaining mega yacht crews trying to get a private tour.
|Lee and Tom help Dragonera in - Hi Sarah!|
|Tom guiding her in - Sarah ready with one of many fenders|
|Terry (Red Hat) hauls the anchor chain aboard - Go Terry|
Above is the space she has to drop the anchor.
Above sy Saphaedra coming in.
Dropping anchor. Her dingy was there helping but barely.
Look closer - do you see how close she had to get the anchor to the other boat?
Then she simply alternated using forward and reverse and her wheel to turn the boat and slide her gently back into her tight spot between two boats. WOW!