Originally Posted by foggysail
IF YOU SAIL INTO/OUT OF AN ANCHORAGE where it is impossible to stop, where there can be people in the water
, people in small dinghies, you are exactly what my prior post was about.
You think your skill is suburb just as drunk drivers think of their skills. If you ever hurt someone by entering a crowed anchorage because you could not stop, I hope it costs you dearly. There are no right conditions in a crowed anchorage!
I'm offended by your comparison. Life has few absolutes and we all must make our decisions.
You never specified a crowded anchorage until your last post. You said any anchorage. Certainly there are some anchorages
where sailing in might not be the best idea, depending on the boat, crew, and conditions. In light winds and little current
in an anchorage with room to maneuver, there is no risk to other boats. If I arrive and find that there are children
in the water
close to where I want to go, I can always turn around, douse sail and motor
back in. Not sure if that's any better for the children
, though. Dinghies are very maneuverable, and I've never seen a collision
between a 35' sailboat doing 2 knots and a dinghy
ripping by at 15 knots or being rowed at 2 knots. Surely everyone will just see each other and turn?
I'm not that great a sailor, really. My fiancee and I sailed off the anchor
in Bedwell Harbour a week and a half ago. We really enjoyed it. It's so nice not to start the engine
. There was maybe 6 knots of wind
and only a half dozen boats around, only a couple of them between us and the entrance. We're not blindfolded, so we could see that there were no other obstacles. We raised anchor
using the windlass
. There was so little wind
that the boat easily moved up on the anchor and then had plenty of steerageway to slowly ghost out of the harbour under main alone while I squared away the anchor and wandered back to release the genoa
It was quiet and peaceful and totally safe. If something was in the way that we hadn't seen, we could have simply turned (we have a rudder
that helps us with that). I honestly can't think of a situation in that case that would have meant that we would have had to stop quickly.
On the other hand, I've only sailed through Tsehum harbour once and won't try it again unless I have an engine
failure. Because of the effect of the land, the wind was really fluky and there was enough traffic and anchored boats that I inconvenienced people too much as I tried to make my way upwind in very changeable conditions. Far from dangerous, but I don't like being a pain to other boaters. Different conditions, so different correct decision.