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  1. A Movie Crew... Pete Andrews 02-Jul-2011
  2. Finish Line at First Light Pete Andrews 29-Jun-2011
  3. Future Captain in Training Pete Andrews 07-Jun-2011
  4. Anchor Makes a New Friend Pete Andrews 28-May-2011
  5. Early Morning Boomers Pete Andrews 25-May-2011

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In the Wheelhouse

The (usually) not-so-thrilling adventures of a Safe/Sea Rescue Boat Captain.

A Movie Crew...

Pete Andrews - Saturday, July 02, 2011

...on a Safe/Sea boat? Hmmm.... I wonder what that's about?

Finish Line at First Light

Pete Andrews - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Going through my photos for the past couple of weeks, I came across this one, which, while it's a bit grainy, I kinda like. The sailboat is finishing the Annapolis Newport Race from earlier this month, and she had picked up some netting in her wheel in the Chesapeake early on in the race. We got the call about 0300, and were on scene at the finish line as she finished right about at first light. A couple hours later, she was tied up at Norton's and her crew could get a well-deserved shower!

Future Captain in Training

Pete Andrews - Tuesday, June 07, 2011

My 12 year old son Will came along as my deckhand this past Sunday, continuing his education as a future Safe/Sea Captain.

Anchor Makes a New Friend

Pete Andrews - Saturday, May 28, 2011
Anchor made a new friend last week. Pictured is Poseidon, whose boat lost a belt and needed some help back into the RIYC. He looks pretty sad in the photo, but wasn't, really.

Early Morning Boomers

Pete Andrews - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Capt. Phil had quite a night, Monday night (Tuesday morning, actually.) A call came in from this boat:

She's a professionally campaigned Farr 42. Ultra-light, super-fast...all in all just a wicked sled. She was coming to New England Boatworks, but her engine has quit off Block Island and she needed help into the dock. The problem was, the weather looked like this:

Uh-oh; this is gonna get ugly. Capt. Phil donned his oilers and was off. Bashing his way south off Dutch Island in 20-30 knots of wind and a nasty sea, he called the sailboat, which was doing about 9 knots under a double reefed main alone and was already approaching Castle Hill. So, it was back up the West Passage, around the North End, and down the East passage to try and head 'er off at the pass before the weather hit.

Success! Capt. Phil got her in tow just before the worst of the thunderstorms hit. The only remaining trouble was having enough patience to wait for the weather to clear enough to be able to get through the narrow entrance of NEB. Here's what it looked like right about the time Capt. Phil was hooking up north of the Newport Bridge:

Notice the red spot right on top of him. Ah well... all's well that end's well, even if it takes until 0400!

What's that yellow orb in the sky?

Pete Andrews - Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thankfully, the member in this picture had a very minor problem on Friday afternoon that gave me an excuse to go boating for a bit. He was squared away before I got there, so I just enjoyed the ride home and warm sun.

Anchor Underway!

Pete Andrews - Saturday, May 14, 2011

Anchor was very happy to work his first shift of the season today aboard the Safe/Sea Titan. He got to help out with towing a 21 footer into the Ray's Bait ramp. His role was mostly supervisory and involved some customer service as well. ;-)

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