sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Photo Gallery FishingBoating Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : A sailing adventure: Late Night Visitor

A sailing adventure: Late Night Visitor

'Bandanyah on Australia’s Kimberley Coast - many idyllic anchorages, but all Jack Binder’s stories are not about that - photo by Jack Binder'    .

All the adventures that cruising sailors have don't relate to high winds and horrendous seas or idyllic anchorages with brilliant sunsets.

Every now and then a cruising sailor, moving from strange anchorage to strange anchorage and strange marina to strange marina comes upon a human dilemma.

Jack Binder, sailing the Australian coastline with his wife Jude, here tells a moving story of a late night visitor in a marina.



While alongside at Emu Point Slipway in Albany, I heard my dear lady shouting in the night. 'Put that down. Get out of it.'
Groggy, coming out a deep sleep, I thought she was dreaming, and was about to comfort her back to sleep, when I felt her crawl over me. That got me wide awake. I sleep next to the companionway.

Rising in the dim light, I heard Jude shout that someone had been on our boat and had just gotten off. So without a thought, I was away like a shot, over the rail, onto the dock and off towards the empty parking lot. In the dim single lamp, a large figure was walking off with something in his arms. I ran after, shouting, 'Put that stuff down! Walk away and nothing more will happen!'

The dark marina -  .. .  
Reaching alongside the figure, he was bigger than me, shirtless and carrying our two green shopping bags in one hand, and in the other, swishing round n'round something like a long kung fu stick, which I carefully kept out of its range.

Again I said, more calmly this time, 'Now look buddy, you don't want any trouble. Just put that stuff down, and get out of here and there'll be no trouble.'

Not a word in reply, just the swishing of that long stick. I looked about the dark marina, not a soul in sight. Looking back to the young man, the stick caught the arc light and became our homemade boat hook whose sharpened stainless end doubles as a gaff.

Jude now suddenly rushed up and damn near tackled the fellow, and I had to yell at her to keep away. 'He's got our boat hook!'

In a shrill voice she yelled out, 'That's my dirty laundry in those bags! Just put them down and get out of here.'
What was this character doing? Dead of night, stealing dirty laundry and an ancient boathook. I didn't want trouble, not for us nor this young fellow. But he wouldn't stop walking towards the exit, so I began screaming out 'Help! Robber! Help!' I was so loud; someone would either come running or call the police. But the lad just kept slopping along the pavement and no one came to our aid.

The car park where we ’caught’ him -  .. .  
Emu Point Slipway is an industrial area. There's a marina, but few live aboard. 'Look lad, my lady and I built that boat, we built every scrap, sailed her around the world, raised our kids on her too, so she's precious to us. Won't you just put the stuff down and walk away. I promise there'll be no further trouble.'

And just about when I'd given up all hope, he stopped, and then slowly put the hook and bags down, and then shuddered and began to cry.

I have weakness for all mankind. The world's a tough place. And having pulled myself out from a rather horrible start, I find time for lost souls where ever I encounter them.

Reaching up, putting my arm round his bare shoulder, I comforted him and asked what was the matter?
In a torrent, out poured, 'They mistreat me. Won't let me out. Don't understand.'

Jude picked up her laundry and moved the boathook away from the two of us while I asked, 'You talking about your family?'

'No, I've been in hospital, but the nurse abuses me, so I ran away tonight. I didn't mean any trouble. Just thought I could get some money to get to my dad.'

I was still just in my nightshirt and suddenly feeling the cold, I said, 'Look, why don't we go back to the boat. Are you hungry?'

Well, of course we didn't get on the Banyandah, but sat on the dock alongside her, and while Jude made us cups of tea and slices of bread with marmalade, I listened to this young lads outpouring.

In a nutshell, he wasn't crazy. Just knew his rights, as we all do with the tellie informing us all the time that we have the right to this or that. And he'd found an easy way through life as a ward of our great nation. At the present moment, he was checked into a mental ward claiming he had self-harm problems, and oh yeah, he'd been abused.

I grew up in LA. The world's most fierce city. Walk into a payphone and the sharp edge of a knife might find your throat. Park your car on a dark street and a pistol may greet your exit. Abused? Crikey, I got touched up at thirteen and was drugged by two old farts at eighteen.

So I told this young man there's no profit in looking back. Life is the future, not the past. It's tough enough without carrying extra baggage. Then thinking of our welfare system, I asked, 'What's the matter, you don't like hard work?'

'No, I don't mind working. My dad and I once picked fruit and I really enjoyed lugging round the bins.'

'Well then, Life is an opportunity. Get off your butt and go somewhere in life. The system will make you a captive.

They pay you enough to survive, but not to progress. And unless you make a break, you'll be no more than you are now for the rest of your life. Look at us; seen the world, love all critters and still going strong because we have had dreams.'
Yes, I know, won't erase a lifetime of problems in a couple of hours, so we asked if he had family then listen to a string of woe about broken marriages and his mom's new man not wanting him around. It didn't surpass my own history.

'What about your dad?'

'Yeah, he's great. In Queensland but.'

'Well, that seems the best course to me. Change of venues gives you a new start, and if your dad will help, you'll find some support while you get yourself moving forward again. Just find a dream.'

Considering it was three in the morning, Jude then asked the most important question, 'What are you going to do now?

'Dunno.'

Always practical she suggested, 'Why not go back to the hospital and tell them what you've done and ask them to place a telephone call to your father.'

Surprising us both, he agreed, so we gave him a shirt and old jumper, exchanged my Ugg boots he'd nicked for a pair of sunny Queensland flip-flops, and he walked out of our lives.

Jude called the hospital around ten, and the staff nurse exclaimed, 'Oh, you're the couple.' Then reported he'd told her the whole story and that they were attempting to put him in touch with his father.

Do hope his life has a happy ending. A few days after that we set sail across the Great Australian Bight.
................

To read all about Jack and Jude Binder's latest books, 'Where Wild Winds Blow' and 'Practical Boat Bits and Tips' click here, or simply to buy them click here?nid=93173.

The Binders on Bandanyah in Tasmania on a calm misty day -  .. .  




by Jack Binder

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93173

1:29 AM Tue 24 Jan 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Cruising

Related News Stories:

21 Oct 2013  No sail skills, but family has two-and-a-half year Pacific adventure
07 Oct 2013  Here's why to sail in an engineless junk-rigged schooner
20 May 2013  Guam sailors cruise to the remote Maug Islands
20 Mar 2013  Another cruising sailor sets off - then another and another...
22 Feb 2013  Sailing Tale: A first week in Cuba
12 Feb 2013  Italian sea-change sailor plans another adventure
08 Feb 2013  Sailing Tales: A yachting life in the Arctic
06 Feb 2013  Chance Encounters - sailors and whales
13 Jan 2013  Deaf solo circumnavigator, rolled in Southern Ocean, stops in Hobart
11 Dec 2012  Of dreamers who went sailing and the puffin which inspired them
MORE STORIES ...

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World













World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,




Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida










The Boat Cookbook by BoatBooks,










World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali by World Cruising Club,
















Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting by Captain John Jamieson, Florida














BNS Leopold I to commence counter-piracy operations
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'
Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular cruising destination in Canada
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising
Death by Dinghy
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
Coast Guard searching for two boaters near St. Petersburg
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub
PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 - 2 for £24 ticket offer ends soon
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean
European Odyssey boats arrive in Lanzarote + Video
Multiagency rescue at Dunraven Bay + Video
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat
European Odyssey visits Porto
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature   
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014   
Where in the world are our strongest corals?   
Baltic 4 Nations fleet arrive into Stralsund City Marina   
Huff of Arklow nearing completion, expected on the water next month   
Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea   
ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks   
Helen Island, Palau -a beautiful and unique place   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Barnacle Busting   
From Penguins to Polar Bears   
Cornell turns back from the North West Passage   
A cruising guide to the ABC Islands - Spanish Edition   
Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group   
NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel   
Positive news for cruising boats in Greece   
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways   
Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging?   
Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage   
World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT