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Nigel Calder explains grounding

Feb 6, 2018
Nigel and Terrie Calder's Malo 46 Nada aground on the River Ilen in Ireland

Nigel and Terrie Calder's Malo 46 Nada aground on the River Ilen in Ireland

Nigel Calder

In our March issue, we ran a story by marine systems expert and prolific author Nigel Calder about the dangers of not using the proper zoom scale when using electronic charts ("Where did the reef go?" page 38). In that piece we ran a picture of Nigel's Malo 46 Nada aground in Ireland and explained in the caption that Nigel had "purposely" put the boat there. Well, we goofed in phrasing it that way as Nigel let us know by sending us this correction:

"Our grounding in Ireland was definitely not on purpose, and in fact Terrie was quite pissed off, especially given the fact she was suffering from dizzy spells that day which were greatly exacerbated by the extreme angle of heel! A wind shift on a falling tide swung us out of the narrow channel while I was ashore in the dinghy. Terrie, being somewhat incapacitated, was unable to handle the situation on her own and by the time I got back we were well and truly stuck… Interestingly, I have a ton of advice on what to do in such a situation in one of my books – Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook – which I completely ignored and as a result the interior of the boat flooded through an open head compartment sink drain. By the time I discovered this, the water was lapping at our extremely expensive electrical digital distribution system. We narrowly avoided catastrophic damage. Definitely a case of ‘do as I say and not as I do’!!"

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Feb 24, 2018 07:23 am
 Posted by  David S.

I have grounded in the south end of Lake Michigan in a heavy weather situation and with my experience felt like an absolute idiot. $25,000 later the boat was recovered, minimal damage. Sailing is, and always be, a learning curve no matter what level of capability you think you might have. Hopefully Mr. Calder did not sustain any major damage..
Captain David Sweitzer

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