Bruce also volunteered to help the owner, Ron take the boat to Galveston during the week before the race since the other crew members had day jobs. I got to go along for the first stage of the journey, Corpus Christi to Port A. The plan was to leave Port A on Tuesday.
Sunday morning we picked up Robert and Kathy and headed for the marina. Robert would also be making the trip to Galveston. He joined us on Sunday so that he could familiarize himself with the boat for the offshore passage manned by a crew of three.
All too soon, we arrived at the Port A Marina. We found our slip on the transient docks and tied up. I entertained myself watching a group of Brown Pelicans interact on the pier. They fasciate me...
Suddenly... there was a commotion in the next slip where Rima was pulling in. They had stopped at the fuel dock to top off for the race and were just arriving in the slip next to us.
There was some sort of miscalculation and the next think I knew... one of the guys was in the water! I think the line he was securing on the cleat popped off causing him to stumble back and bloop! In he went! The secured the boat while he waited patiently and then he was hauled back onto dry ground. Luckily, his cell phone was NOT in his pocket and, other than a few scratches on his shins, he was none the worse for wear.
That was the end of our day, we had a sandwich, thanks Ron (and Jo) then we loaded up and headed for home. This was the end of my vacation week and it's back to work tomorrow morning. Just three short weeks (or so) until the bottom job on Dos Libras is done and we can begin moving aboard. I'll be lonely without Bruce this week but will be back on the boat by Friday to enjoy the festivities!