Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Technique, Chapter 4 of 11

15 Steps To Getting Securely Anchored

The payoff for good anchoring technique. "Morgan's Cloud" in the midnight sun, Arctic Norway.

When thinking about anchoring, it's easy (and kinda fun too) to just focus on gear, but good technique can contribute at least as much to getting securely anchored.

Phyllis and I were sharply reminded of this a couple of seasons ago when we experienced several setting failures that were most assuredly caused by problems "above the boot", as skiing instructors are wont to say.

So what contributed to a guy with a half-century of anchoring experience getting lax? Simple, much better anchors. Back in the day of the CQR and other old-style anchors, if our technique was not perfect, the chances of a secure set went to near zero, at least in some substrate types, which definitely kept us on our toes. 

But technique is still vital with new-style anchors—even just half-a-dozen anchor setting failures a year are too many.

So here is a step-by-step reminder chapter for us all, that will be particularly useful as a primer for those new to anchoring.

One more thing, this is part of an entire Online Book on anchoring technique, so in this chapter I'm assuming that we have already selected a spot to drop the anchor (covered in the previous chapter).

Let's get a solid set first time:

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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