May 11, 2010
Just before we hauled out the other day, we pulled up the anchor--like always. And found this: a knot. For the uninitiated to anchoring, knots are not something normally found in an anchoring chain. You see, to anchor, you drop the anchor, then as you go in reverse you pay out anchor chain (the rode). The result should be knot free.
The difference is we're in La Paz: home to the famous La Paz Waltz. The Waltz is caused by a combination of wind against tide, which can make boats do any number of odd things--from sailing in slow circles, to drifting sideways at a great rate, to spinning in quick circles. What the Waltz typically doesn't cause is knots. Technically the whole knot thing shouldn't be possible.
So how do you think we got it?
Best answer shared in our comments section will earn travel writer swag. Seriously. When we get back to Vancouver in July I'll offload something from my acquired swag stash--I may even let you choose.