So this happened. We came into Annapolis last night at around 7:30. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly until we tried to grab a mooring. I caught the line with the boat hook, but couldn’t hold onto it. Rich grabbed it from the cockpit with his hand and tried to hold on, but realized belatedly that while he thought he’d put the boat in neutral, it was still in gear. He eventually let go when the boat kept pulling us forward and a barnacle on the line took a serious bite out of his hand. We came back around and were able to get the mooring the second time, but Rich could already tell he was going to need stitches. We called the harbor master and got a message saying they were closed for the day. Tried the water taxi service and got nothing. Welcome to the off-season! Thankfully our neighbor Jim on Gray Fox dinghied over to us when Rich yelled over to ask for help. He ferried us to shore and gave us his number to call him for a ride back when we returned. What a great guy, huh? With all the heartbreaking news about Paris this week, this was a much needed lift in our faith in humanity.
We called a cab and headed to the closest emergency room. After a few hours’ wait our nice doctor Melissa got down to the business of stitching up Rich’s hand. She told him he was really lucky not to have torn any of the muscles or tendons in his thumb because the cut was really deep. Six stitches, one tetanus shot, and a prescription for a round of antibiotics later we were out of there. Welcome to Annapolis!
We caught another cab back to the marina and gave Jim a call on his cell. Our new best friend answered and cheerfully said he’d be right over (it was nearly midnight and he swore we didn’t wake him, but I’m not so sure about that). This morning when we were trying to figure out how to get back into town to pick up Rich’s prescription, we heard a knock on our hull: Jim was back to see if we were okay. He gave us another ride into town, regaling us with tales of his adventures in the Bahamas with his wife. He says the Exumas are where it’s at, which is great because that’s where we’re headed. We invited him over to dinner tonight to thank him for his generosity and we’re excited to hear more about his experience in the Bahamas. He’s promised to share all the best spots for anchoring and where to get water, which apparently can be challenging in the Bahamas. So here’s to Jim and the generous spirit of the sailing community!