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Three kinds of sailors
You know the saying, those that have run aground, those that will run aground and those that lie about it. I joined the first group this weekend, with about a dozen witnesses, so I had no choice but to take the heat.
We were heading back to the slip, but couldn't get through the bridge just outside the marina due to a accident. Someone had driven their car into one of the crossing gates and broken it, so thy couldn't lift the bridge until it was dealt with. We waited, and waited. And waited. All the while the tide was going out. When we finally got through, after an hour, it was REALLY close to low tide. I cut the last corner from the channel to the marina a little too much and there we were, with our keel stuck in the mud. Luckily we were going slowly, and it was a very soft grounding, so no damage. Our dockmates organized a couple of dinghies to help get us off, but we were able to heel the boat over enough to back out into the channel before we suffered the indignity of a tow. Attempt number two went much more smoothly and a few minutes later we were sitting with everyone trying to save some face. Then it came to me. We didn't run agound, we were simply doing a little charting of our own. I know right where that channel is now!