Brian Price and I encountered a classic Damsels In Distress situation back in the day. It was on a very cold and blustery Winter morning, and we were embarking on the return leg of an 18 mile crossing of the Chesapeake that we'd paddled the day before. The route was from the town dock at Ewell, a small community on Smith Island, to Point Lookout at the mouth of the Potomac River.
The channel out of Ewell is quite narrow with some sharp doglegs, and a sailboat had run aground in shoal water beside the channel. Brian and I were dressed to the nines for cold weather and cold water paddling, but the same could not be said of the young Outward Bound instructress standing waist deep in the freezing cold water, wearing naught but a flimsy wet T-shirt and undies, and trying to pull the boat free. Jeepers! It was a grounding and potential hypotheremia!
Turns out it was not two, or three, or even four damsels who needed our help, but a whole bevy of them, all of whom were en route from Bar Harbor to the Virgin Islands. We got the half-frozen lass with the wet T-shirt back on board and then took them in tow, albeit a bit disappointed that our gracious offer to assist with rewarming had been politely declined. Fortunately, they came free with relative ease, and we towed them out the channel and into the Bay.
Last we saw, they were zooming South toward a rendezvous with warmer waters. We celebrated our chivalrous accomplishment with the paddler's best friend - Walkers Shortbread Cookies. A really great way to begin the day!
Is sea kayaking a great sport, or what?
Edited by ShiverMeTimbers (12/15/11 08:33 PM)