Two More Anchor Selection Criteria

SARCA Excel No 6 (30kg) next to the Rocna (33kg), thanks to Colin

One of the many great things about the comments we get here at AAC is that they often remind me of important things that I forgot to put in the original article.

So here are two of those from my recent article on anchor selection:

Setting Distance

In that article I did add two selection criteria to the ones Steve over at SV Panope used (correct rode attachment and roll bars, or rather the lack of roll bars), but I should have added a third: how short the distance is from the point the anchor lands to a full set after really leaning on it with the engine in reverse.

Why this matters in order of priority:

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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 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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