Danger Island

Når børnene taler coco bliver de svaret på engelsk af forældrene, der også holder skole for dem. Veronika er fra Puka Puka, der også kaldes for Danger Island, og det gør den fordi pigerne er meget ihærdige, for at få fat på en mand, sagde Veronika, uden at rødme det mindste. Og Tom der stod lige ved siden af, bekræftede, at det var svært at komme derfra uden en Veronika. Han er selv fra en anden ø. Hun har måske nogle ugifte søstre eller synes at der kommer for få både til øen. Men rygterne har nu gået sådan i mange år. I Don Silks bog “Kauri trees to sunlit seas” nævner han endda “the voracious-ness of its women”. Der er også af og til asiatiske fiskebåde, der lægger ind til øen for at handle med mere. Det har ført til, at der er en del mennesker med lysere hud og lidt mandelformede øjne – tydelige asiatiske træk. Og det er ganske vist.

En anden forklaring på navnet Danger Island, er et ret stort rev, der ligger i forbindelse med øen, et par meter under havets overflade og derfor er ret svært at se. Dons bog kan absolut anbefales. Så kan man spare rejsen herud. Den fortæller alt. Han startede med at bygge en lille lystbåd og sejlede lidt fragt med den og endte med at blive skibsreder. I nogle få år var han, indtil for få år siden, havnekaptajn i Rarotonga

Og så ser det ud til at Guto og Sergio er ved at finde billetter til Tonga. Guto har sejlet med, på floderne i Sydamerika og de har været med i Caribien. Og begge er fantastiske hummerjægere. Er der nogen – så finder de dem. Det ser jeg meget frem til.

Med tanke på Cierce der mistede hele riggen. Sommetider er det kun en enkel ting der skal svigte, så følger en række andre ting efter. Det skete dog ikke her. – Vi var på vej vest over i Caribien. Vinden tog til, jeg lå i køjen agter og hørte tiltagende støj fra skruerne . Det var jo godt nok, men det kom lidt hurtigt. Bevægelserne blev noget urolige, og nu krængede den også. Så jeg måtte da hellere stå op. Netop som jeg kom op, var den ved at løbe i vinden (godt nok) men ulykken var sket.

Men skaden skete langt tidligere, nemlig til anker på floden ved Asuncion, ved den første yachtclub, lige 200 meter fra det sted hvor Mulle havde sit ”Waterloo”. Normalt er det sjovt at se, når et kobbel gadehunde får øje på en fremmed hund som Mulle, og kommer drønende. Når de så er tæt på, stopper de brat op, for Mulle bliver stående, med løftet hale, rejste børster og overlæben trukket op. Og når han tager et skridt frem efter, stikker de hurtigt halen mellem benene og stikker af. Men der, fik han engang stukket poten ned i et ristværk og kunne ikke få den op – og så blev han altså maltrakteret af de lokale hunde. Vi måtte bære ham ind i en taxa og køre ham til dyredoktoren, så han kunne blive lappet sammen, ja man bliver helt vemodig ved tanken

. Men her var det altså, at vi lå sammen med en anden stor motorbåd agterfortøjet i hver sin bøje. En nat kom der en kraftig vindbyge og begge bøjer drev. Da vores ankre begynder at holde, og vi svejer rundt, gik det så uheldigt, at motorbådens agterende skrællede vor skibsside, sådan at et cepter blev noget vakkelvornt, træværket på lønningen midskibs blev maltrakteret, sidestaget fik et stød og til sidst røg vor 25 hk dingy motor overbord. Ceptret og træværket er stadig beskadiget og dingymotoren fandt vi aldrig, selvom der kun var 3 meter vand. Vantskruen var der ikke noget at se på (ikke deformeret). Men men, noget var der altså sket med vantskruen (20 mm !)da den sprang i en lille vindbyge 7 år senere. Det viste sig, at der hvor den sprang, var det kun gevindet og ca 2 kvadratmilimeter i midten, der ikke vart tæret.

! Om bruddet, eller et delvist brud, er sket dengang uden at man kunne se det udvendigt eller en tæring er gået i gang efter den kraftige påvirkning ved jeg ikke, lærebogen siger ikke noget om tæringer efter kraftige påvirkninger, eller tæringer i rustfrit stål i det hele taget. Og det gør den åbenbart heller ikke hos ingenørerne. Det var netop på Tahiti at ”shark 10 ” kom besøg, uden båd forstaås. Jørgen og Ulla, de havde opgivet at sejle til Tahiti og New Zeeland, og så må man jo ta flyveren. Det var selv samme Jørgen, der små 15 år tidligere, fremtog et helt batteri af forskellige havarerede rustfri kovse,sjækler, bolte o.s.v. ”Det kan jeg ikke forstå”, som han sagde, ”og jeg burde da ellers vide noget om det, for jeg er ingenør”. Kun i lærebøger for lystsejlere kan man læse lidt, man taler om stress, salt og vibrationer.!! Så der er jo ikke andet for, end at inspicere ofte.

Endelig er det da værd at bemærke at sådan en kapacitet som Adland Coles, – der har vundet mange kapsejladser Transatlantic Race, Fastnet o.s.v. sejlet i lystbåde en hel menneskealder, studeret diverse havarier og skrevet en række bøger – han foretrækker galvaniseret wire med splejs, til stående rig. Det er ganske vidst dyrere, skal skiftes oftere, men så kan man hele tiden se hvor man står, mht. tæring!! Og hvad gjorde jeg så selv, da der kom extra side stag på formasten på Trinidad og på agtermasten på Tahiti, er der nogen der vil vide. Jeg brugte flexibel rustfri wire med wireklemmer af den type der næsten ikke nedsætter wirens brudstyrke og som man selv kan montere og siden åbne med en umbraconøgle, hvis man vil inspicere wiren. Og da der nu er to wirer der viser forefter, til siderne og agter efter på begge master sover jeg meget bedre om natten. !

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