On Tuesday, as Scotland was hit by winds of over 50 knots, one boat decided she had had enough. Sea Witch, a Dehler 38, broke her mooring, successfully avoided wrecks, rocks and moored yachts and parked herself in a vacant marina berth nearly a mile away – as marina residents watched in amazement!
Owner Simone Banerjee was at work at the time. She told PBO: ‚I think Sea Witch broke free of her mooring in Cardingmill bay about 1600hrs. From the accounts I’ve heard she was noted moving in a direction that would have taken her out of the bay, before she made a positive turn to head into Oban Marina, passing between the north cardinal and the wreck.‘
Mike Dellar, on another boat in the marina, told PBO: ‚The boat manoeuvred itself three quarters of a mile across Kerrera Sound, carefully avoiding the drying rocks, sunken wrecks and moored boats, turned left into Oban Marina and then found a free finger pontoon.‘
Simone continued: ‚She luffed up a couple of times, the last one of which was almost a 90 degree turn into a berth. She slowly headed to the other side of the pontoons, put her stern on a finger pontoon and her stbd rail on someone’s anchor. The guys from the yard apparently managed to push her bow off and she slipped into the berth./