I have anchored in that bay with my 70 pound beugel anchor
and 200 feet of high test chain without a problem.
If you anchor
in shallow water
with inadequate ground tackle, then things like this happen.
Similar thing happened in Cabo San Lucas.
This was a disaster that should never have happened. Reports were that winds were 25 knots in the accounts that I read.
If you anchor in shallow water
and there is a strong wind
that comes up from offshore
, the surf line will move out from the shore and get closer and closer to the yachts. When the surf line reaches the anchored yachts with light ground tackle, all hell breaks loose. No surprise here. That's what I would expect to happen.
I am sorry these people had damage to their yachts or lost
Sailing and anchoring
are all about physics. If you put yourself in harms way and if you don't have the physics on your side, then don't be surprised when you get hurt. Every time you anchor your yacht, you must ask yourself what could go wrong in this anchorage, and you have a contingency ready so that you can take action if conditions deteriorate.
Every anchorage is a venus fly trap that sucks you into complacency and a suspension of good judgment. Beautiful sunset, crystal clear water, parties onshore, camaraderie - what could possibly go wrong?
A lot could go wrong. If the venus fly trap shuts the door on you, you may even lose your yacht.
People worry about sailing offshore
, but offshore is probably the safest place you can be on your yacht.
are scary places. Lots of things can go wrong in anchorages
. Probably more yachts are lost
in anchorages than any other place.
Anchorages are all about physics. What happens if a tsunami strikes while you are at anchor. We were in Phuket during the global tsunami. All the yachts anchored in fifty feet of water did fine during the tsunami. It's physics.
Shallow anchorages are dangerous. Physics work against you in shallow anchorages, and if you have light ground tackle, you have pushed the physics in the wrong direction - you will have a problem and might even lose your yacht.