The anchorage was a little deeper than would be have been considered optimal but this in itself presented an opportunity; to test an alternative anchoring system that will be used later in the trip when we visit Raja Ampat. The difference was the use of rope instead of chain to allow us to drop into deeper anchorages and not damage the coral reefs. Having successfully deployed the alternative anchor we embarked on an equally successful day of relaxation. Then we had to pull up the anchor… we will never know what caused that anchor to get stuck and why it was impossible to get free. No matter what we tried we could only get the anchor up to a certain point. Simon and Tue took a deep breath each and dove down to a depth of 35m to see if they could see what the anchor was caught on… all they saw was more deep blue! We had no way of knowing how deep the anchor was. Even if we attached dive tanks we would only be able to venture a few metres deeper. In our final attempt to free the anchor of its entrapment things went from bad to worse. The mechanism (windlass) to raise the anchor broke. We had already been easing the strain on the windlass by simultaneously manually pulling up the anchor however it wasn’t the manpower or the engine of the windlass that broke but it was the up button! The buttons that make the windlass pull the anchor up and let it down are air pressure buttons and it was the seal on the up button that tore which meant no air pressure. For our windlass to be able to work again we needed a way to recreate that air pressure or so we thought… Our investigation revealed that if you carefully blew underneath the windlass on a certain spot it would magically come to life. So it was agreed that it would be Anne’s job to blow Skimpy in the hope of raising the anchor. There have been many crazy temporary fixes to keep Skimpy sailing but was certainly the most surreal!