International Rescue.

Haywards are Go!

Having watched Camile’s progress for two days, it was clear that the wind pilot must have broken and she must be hand steering. We could see from her track that she was ‘heaving to’ (basically stopping the boat from sailing) to get some sleep and drifting with the current.
On Thursday morning she was making good progress towards Jacaré, but had another 30 miles to go and we knew she must be exhausted. Bries and Sonia had been monitoring her position during the night and at 09.30, Bries came aboard for the rescue mission.
Sonia, our shore support team, relayed Camile’s latest positions via the radio and we motor sailed our way towards her.
To begin with Camile had no idea we were on our way, but when she was close enough to land, she phoned her mother in France, who then emailed Sonia with Camile’s mobile phone number. She was very emotional when she heard that we were coming out to meet her.
At 12.30 we came up to her

Approaching 'Yol'

Approaching ‘Yol’

and, with some deft manoeuvring by both captains,

Ready for the transfer.

Ready for the transfer.

managed to transfer Bries onto ‘Yol’.

One giant leap for Bries .....

One giant leap for Bries …..

Once aboard he straight away took the helm.

Safely into the cockpit

Safely into the cockpit

Camile was so relieved. Three days with very little sleep, no chance to prepare food and unable to decant water from her big water bottles, she was happy to hand over control.
One more close pass and she took delivery of her lunch in a plastic box.

Happy to take a break from the tiller.

Happy to take a break from the tiller.

We decided to sail on as far as the entrance to the river and then take ‘Yol’ in tow for the last hour up the river. We hoisted our sails and had a great sail, following Yol and letting them know what course to steer through the rocks and shallows on the approach to Cabadelo.

Entering the river at Cabedelo.

Entering the river at Cabedelo.

It was so good to be out at sea again after two months of being tied to a pontoon.
15.30 …….Just by the docks, we passed Yol the towing line we had rigged up

In tow!

In tow!

……..and took her in tow back to Jacaré.

As we approached the marina, Bries untied the line and held onto the tow, looking like a water skier with a rather large board. Marcus headed towards where Yol was going to moor up, Bries let go the tow and Camile steered perfectly alongside. Everyone was there to greet her and lend a helping hand.

The welcoming party.

The welcoming party.

16.15 ……. Our job here was done! We quietly slipped back into our mooring.
All in a day’s work for Haywards International Rescue.

2 Comments

  1. Great Stuff, Guys!

  2. Carlos Persiva

    Wow. Read your rescue story. Very impressed. And the medals…when are they coming? :)

    Shame about Skype connection. Still waiting to see if we can re-establish it in the next few minutes.

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