Thursday, 18 September 2008

Oceans (real, not virtual)

A few hours in the afternoon today were taken up dropping buoys into precise locations in the sea. The art of this is quickly learnt. Wait until the shout of "NOW!" comes from the captain, throw the heavy bit out to sea, and step back quickly to avoid (a) the splash and (b) getting entangled in any ropes that are on their way out.

Then watch the cormorants, traffic on the coast road, the rudder ...

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... and the nearby ferry take on passengers ...

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... until the next buoy needs to go in. My other job was to act as ballast i.e. stand in various parts of the boat when we encountered really shallow water. Which was probably indicative of why I was asked to come along, and not someone lighter or thinner. Hmmm.

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