When we went to raise anchor to depart Penfret, in the Glénan Islands, it was terminally stuck. On 10 metres of water, there was little to do but call a diver for help.
So we inflated our new Achilles dinghy and went ashore. Penfret Island is owned by Les Glénans, the largest sailing school in Europe, founded 1947, with 450,000 alumni. The place was packed with teenagers, but asking around, we found the boss, a young woman in a rustic building. She called the diving school in Île Saint-Nicolas, but got voicemail, so she called her friend who's friends with the diving instructors, and who told her they'd be stopping by Peregrinus after their morning class.
Sure enough, an hour later a 35-foot motorboat full of diving students came by. A young man dove with a parachute, an inflatable bag he used to lift our anchor chain which was tightly wrapped around a rock.
We tipped the young diver, because no one in the islands would take any payment. We are grateful for their generosity.