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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture
Zanshin's got it. The photo was taken from the western end of the anchorage by Setting Point, Anegada. The relatively empty space in front of the boat is where the anchorage necks down. We were in the relatively small "annex" to the mooring field that is opposite Neptune's Treasure restaurant.
The bridle is from the charter boat, but the long line from the buoy was typical of the half dozen or so rental moorings at that end of the anchorage. Perhaps the longer scope is provided to deal with wave action that would develop when the wind shifts to a more southerly direction. You're right about the line from the ball being atypically long for the BVI.
This is the one anchorage in the BVI that I would not recommend approaching using "line of sight" navigation. You need to find the outer buoy and line up your approach through the reef. Anegada is a low-lying island, with the high point being trees, so you don't have any good landmarks as you approach from the open sea. For quite awhile Anegada was off-limits for most bareboat charters. In more recent times, the "channel" markers are more reliably and there are many more moorings available for your peace of mind.