Last night the average wind
rose to about 10 Knots with gusts to 15.
Unfortunately with the hard sand in the area it is not unusual for boats to drag even in these begin conditions and with an achorage only 3.5m (10 feet) deep.
30 was anchored upwind of me with a Delta anchor
and very little scope
.They anchored 3 times and each time when trying to set they flew backwards with even moderate reverse revolutions. The forth time they did not use any reverse so of course held in less than 5K of breeze.
There were thunderstorms in the distance with a predicted NW wind
. So I set an offset anchor alarm
. We were still lying almost directly over the anchor so I set an alarm
that would wake me if the wind started to straighten our chain and the boat moved to the SE . The concerning boat was to the NW.
At 4 AM it went off. The Bavaria
was dragging, but fortunately for me the wind was more Northerly and as I got up the Bavaria crashed into a Canadian boat upwind. I do not think there was much damage, but still an unplesent wake up call. The Bavaria spent the next 2 hours trying to get their anchor to hold.
Meanwile a second boat also dragged. This was more of a mystery the also had a Delta
, but layed out plenty of scope
. The Yacht was a racing
Yacht with very thin chain and a very small anchor.
All this in 10 Knots of breeze, and some people wonder why there is so much discussion on anchoring
techniques and anchor types.