Only Fools and Horses-Grandad’s reaction
Upon receiving the boat and examining the cabins one of the guys removed a large glass evil eye from the main cabin. My reaction to the evil eye being taken down and put away was the exact same as Grand Dad’s in this video clip.
I had a bad feeling that something bad was going to happen. A very bad feeling. And I should have listened to it.
Our boat was a 50ft, 12 berth Beneteau Oceanis and it was beautiful. Myself and a friend were first into the main cabin when we noticed a very large glass eagle eye adorning the wall space above the dining area. The evil eye is a well-known middle eastern talisman that wards off evil spirits. It is used as a decoration or a piece of jewelry to bring luck to a home or the wearer.
My friend was having none of it as he wanted a break from all things middle eastern. He took it off the wall and hid it in the back of one of the storage cabins. I mentioned the fact that it was there to bring us luck and he said that we had our own Irish luck with us. Meaning myself.
Two days into the trip and we hit a storm with gale force winds. None of us had sailing experience, which of course was foolhardy to say the least. We were completely reliant on our skipper and Captain.
In hind sight I wonder how we managed to charter a boat at all as I am sure nowadays that the companies would insist on at least 30% of the passengers having some kind of sailing experience.
To be continued tomorrow
All the best