Any wind at all and you will find anchoring
by the stern untenable as per Kentwell post above.This is just poor advice. Maybe some deranged naval architect could design a craft whereby stern anchoring
would be preferable in a gale, but I bet that craft would sail better stern first as well.
Think about it,with increasing wind strength you anchor
is more likely to drag and then whatcha gonna do? Getting a dragging anchor
up while running down wind and unable to turn upwind for retrieval since drag on stern will prevent bow from coming around ;ain't gonna happen.Best you could hope for is to be blown into deeper water
with lots of sea room after missing all the other boats on your way out of the harbor. Then you could start your engine
and back up to retrieve your anchor and of course the now panicked captan will remember to avoid fouling his rode while going astern into the larger waves due to increasing fetch in this gale. i actually saw a pretty Bristol sloop
fill and sink in relatively benign conditions when it picked up a lobster pot on its prop and dragged onto State beach on Block I.. Dragging pot killed engine
and prevented turning away from beach .Boat hit soft sand bow on, and waves over the stern filled boat in minutes. Crew safely waded ashore but boat was a total loss after filling .Looters got anything valuable that night.
Guess who had to pay to have the wreck removed?
Some learn from others and some just have to pee on the electric
fence and find out for themselves.
Love you all........Mike