Originally Posted by hummingway
I haven't tried the new sport surf anchoring.
A little off topic, but I'll tell a funny
I once anchored in a place called Freshwater Bay, on the Southwest shore of the Isle of Wight, facing out into the English Channel
. There's a beautiful beach there. The wind
was from the Northeast, blowing directly off shore, and the weather
was settled, holding good, so should have been textbook good anchoring.
Well . . . not exactly. First of all, the tide ran back and forth parallel to the beach, so the stream held the boat beam-on to the wind and, more importantly, to the swell coming in from the Channel. There was protection from the wind, but none from the swell. It was pretty uncomfortable, so we rowed out our big Fortress
kedge to try to hold the stern into the swell.
Something must have been blowing over in France
, because by the morning, the Channel swell had turned into big waves. Really big waves. Where we were, they were reasonably gentle rollers, but not too far inshore from where we were -- alarmingly not too far -- huge breakers were rearing up, and a whole gang of surfers were out playing. You could see how a big set would come along, and completely obscure the view of land from where we were -- you could see nothing but the backs of the waves. Now let me tell you -- when you can see surfers, close enough to recognize their faces, from where you are anchored, you had better get out of there fast.
Which is what we did!
So I suggest that one should be careful when anchoring off beaches!