Here’s the story of my unexpected evening swim with Angus from Bob’s perspective…
It started out as a normal walk with the dogs. The thundershowers of the early evening had just stopped so we thought it was a good time to get the dogs off the boat in case it started raining again.
A few days ago, I pulled a muscle in my back, so Sherry has been lifting the dogs from the dock into the cockpit while I stand with the other dog on the main dock.
A little while earlier I had taken a pain-killer and washed it down with a glass of wine, so my back pain was at a low point.
As we came back to the boat I waited on the main dock with Charles while Sherry went down the very narrow finger dock to our cockpit. The dock was slippery so she walked slowly and carefully.
Two conditions made the whole procedure very challenging: Windsong II was up about 18″ from the dock since the tide was in and the boat was about 16″ away from the dock because of current from the flood tide.
Sherry put one foot up on to the deck of the sailboat and used her momentum to lift herself and Angus (who was in her arms) up on to the deck. Well, she did not have quite enough momentum (!) and when she came back down she fell between the boat and the dock still holding Angus in her arms. Splash!
I moved down the dock as quick as my back would allow and tossed Charles onto the cockpit seat. He of course began barking and running around the cockpit.
Sherry and Angus were just surfacing at that point, Sherry still holding on to Angus. I laid down on the dock, got my hands on Angus and lifted him on to the dock.
I somehow got him into the cockpit and then lowered the helm seat opening the cockpit to the swim platform. Sherry swam to the stern of the boat like a mermaid and grabbed the reboarding ladder to bring it down. She then climbed aboard the back of the boat. The only loss was one slippery sandal. Once she was back on board and saw Angus was OK she began laughing and laughing. Stress relief, I guess!
We went below and got everyone dried off. Angus actually likes the hair dryer it seems. He slept most of the night with us in the aft berth and quite enjoyed the treat. Charles stayed closeby guarding us from any monsters.