The committee met last night and we discussed new members feeling safe whilst dropping and retrieving their anchor.
The safety courses do not cover our deep water anchoring for fishing and we would like to make sure you have some techniques your happy with and are set up to do, with a good understanding of what you are doing and why.
We have highly skilled club members who are happy to take members out and demonstrate, your job is to put your names on this thread and let us know.
Here are some of the key issues you need to consider when anchoring, alot are made onshore before you leave for your planned day.
1.How much rope and chain have I got attached to my anchor.
2.What size is my anchor and does it match my boat size.
3.Is my anchor tripped if I get it caught in the bottom.
4.Do I carry a spare for emergencies.
5.Can I lift the anchor If I have a power failure.
6.Do I carry a spare buff to detach it, and mark it for a club member to retrieve it for me another day, rather than loose it and litter the sea bed.
7.What depth am I going to anchor in and how much rope do I need to set the anchor well.
8.When I arrive at my choosen spot, how do I anchor the feature to fish the spot correctly.
9.How to use your GPS to plot where you intend to drop and where you want to finish.
10.How to read the wind and tide combination to choose the right spot to drop.
11.What tide is it today, neap or spring or something in between.
12.Is my anchor holding or am I slipping. Why am I slipping.
13.Should I retrieve in a strong tide or make it easier and wait for slack.
14.Have you tried the Alderney ring method, do you know the principles of how to make it a safe retrieve.
15.Have I got a strong enough cleat or post to tie off the anchor.
16.What sea bed am I anchoring, is it sand, gravel, rocks or is a wreck close by?
17.Can I improve my boat and set up to make it safer and easier for myself.
These are just a few of the considerations to be thought of when anchoring, it is probably one of the most risky and potentially dangerous things you do at sea, especially if you throw in some snotty sea conditions.
We would like to help you be safe, so please just post your interest and we will see how to approach your reponse, whether it be a separate one on one, a group on a day and make it a small social event or something in between.
We are flexible, make your time at sea less stressful and more safe.
Thanks for reading this post.
Safety officer and Skipper of Y- Knot.