As the rain came towards us and the speed climbed to 25+kts, we took it straight on the nose.
Imagine if the unthinkable happens and you have to ABANDON SHIP? What should you do as soon as you are in the liferaft?
Navionics says you can’t access this ‘lake’ surrounded on all sides by mangroves and limestone hills, but there is a way in… Just shows you what a little bit of local knowledge from those that live here can teach you.
All the winner has to do is make their way to us, and we’ll do the rest!
It is very difficult for anyone wearing wet clothes and an inflated lifejacket to board a liferaft from the water, particularly if there is no one else inside to help them. An inflatable step or ramp outside the main opening makes it much easier.
Even in these benign conditions it proved to be a much tougher exercise than we imagined. In a bucking ocean at night it would be nearly impossible, and we would soon run out of energy.