Preview: Learning from Experience; My Biggest Disaster and What it Taught Me, by Havilah Hawkins.

July 30, 2012

Avatar Havilah Hawkins

It’s hard to know where to start, since narrow escapes and near disasters have been a topic of discussion at the dinner table for most of my life.

Most of the stries I recall revolve around islands that come out of the fog where they were not supposed to be because of hastily taken courses or a misread compass. Moments like, “Wait, that is not the right light house.” Or the times I’ve picked up a lobster warp in my propeller while on a lee shore with a sea running before hoisting sail. Maybe it’s one of the times the anchor came up upside down, or better yet, parted company in the middle of the night. One of my favorite stories is the time we were towing out of Camden harbor and were committed to a course of action (we had no brakes) when I noticed that the man in the yawl boat with a towline attached to my bow was about to pass on the opposite side of a gold-plated yacht from what would work for me.

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