During the first week in March 2014, while sailing a small catamaran (Prindle 18-2) in the southern end of San Diego Bay near Imperial Beach, the boat got stuck on a muddy shallow bank. While trying to free it, a sudden wind coming off the Pacific flipped the boat over, landing it on its side.
While flipping over catamarans is not an unusual experience, especially when you push the limits of the boat and have it balanced sailing on one hull, getting stuck in the mud is not fun. The blue water in the background of this picture would have been the preferable place to be spending the afternoon. The problem here was that after stepping off the overturned boat, the mud sucks you down like quicksand, almost to your waist. Below the surface of the mud lies a suspension of hundreds of sharp rocks. The result of trying to move your feet and slowly free the boat, was the slow accumulation of hundreds of bloody cuts on the tops and bottoms of both feet extending all the way above the knees, which became completely coated in mud.
After 3 hours of work of freeing the boat along with this muddy person in charge of it, the next step was a hot shower with a hard bristle brush, scraping the dirt out of the individual cuts. Very painful. Although San Diego Bay is one of the most beautiful places to sail in the country, it is also very contaminated as a result of discharges from shipyards, the naval bases, visiting freighters, and the run-off water from the local City. The muddy sediment in this bay is not what you would want to be coating open cuts.
My solution was to wash the areas with hot soapy water, 3 to 4 times per day. Immediately after drying, I liberally sprayed Olive Leaf Cut and Wound Remedy. Since this is a water-based solution, it dried within 4-5 minutes. No bandages were applied because the area of cuts was so extensive. Within 4 days, the wounds closed and began to scab. Fortunately, none of the cuts became infected.