Louis Charbonneau Sailing School
All adventures don't end the same
" Alegria 11 in the Bay Islands, Honduras "
Adventure at sea
May day! May day! May day !
Sailboat Ensueño on fire
in the Bay harbour of Gustavia
A few years ago, Nicole, my girl friend and I lived an adventure
that will remain for a long time engraved in our memory.
Here is the story
My God! This sound .. what's happening
A dark, grey smoke,
What smell !
Who lit all those matches at the same
time? It smells like fireworks
is it? Torches?
- I've just hit myself ! Let's try to put the dinghy down ! Take your side!
Beautiful these davits, but in emergency .
photo Britta ©
Dammed ropes, couldn't they put suitable ends and pulleys
have to cut!
Zodiac is rushing towards me...
A young man picked up Nicole, and she's already on board a sailboat My rescuer is bringing me to the same boat.
- Put on this short and this Tee-shirt
We find ourselves, sitting in the cockpit, both of us, looking stupidly at what is going on: The other sailboats are pulling up their anchor to move away The firemen, on board a small boat are watering with a garden hose A steamer manoeuvring in the direction of Ensueño the flames are coming out from everywhere
For the whole story, fallow the directions at the bottom of this page.
- Look Nicole ! That steamer ! It's approaching
our boat in flames on the port side.
Deposition at the police station
I never thought I'd see the day, taking a ride in a police car. Small sinuous streets, I hope the driver knows the
road well... At this speed! Steep slopes, approximately 10 minutes, time to recuperate (sic!), the gendarmerie is on the right of the abrupt downward slope. The driver makes a wide left turn to better turn to the right. There's a curve. Can he see the cars going up in the opposite direction? Oops! Here is one What a fast way to go! It would be too stupid to get killed in a car accident Ouf!
- Name, first name, address
Nicole is in another room, she seems to undergo
the same treatment
They left me alone, I hear snatches of conversation
in the next room,
Why is this taking so long?
You know, when one arrives at St-Barths, even when
he's coming from St-Martin, it is necessary to present himself
to the customs on the port, even if the two islands are in French
He continues his sweet talk, I listen to him
I have the impression that we are not out of the woods
They want to kill me!...
Two nice cold Kroenembourg beers. We're really in France !
… The night before we ate rabbit (hare)…
Honour where honour is due: the rabbit and its long-eared cousin whose name is also banned, the hare, are two friendly little animals who strike terror into any good Brittany sailor. Say “rabbit” on board a sailboat
If you want to read the entire story you can go on the French part and use Google Translate, a new page will appear.
The translation will be a bit awkward. But ... We will soon write a proper version.
We lost the boat ! But St-Barths is a beautiful
To see other boat on fire Link
To be continued Louis
The troubles, communications, insurance, money, ...