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DropTop's story reminds me of a counter example. I sailed from Annapolis to Solomons MD the day before the regionally famous Screwpile races to cheer for and provide support services to the boat I used to race on. I anchored off the Hospitality House Hotel.

There is an overnight feeder race sponsored by Eastport Yacht Club and around dawn I started seeing the early finishers coming in. Many had slilps reserved for Screwpile but some anchored out with me.

A J/120, finishing late squeezed in between me and the next upwind boat ending up too close for my comfort. I politely pointed this out to the skipper (who was within easy speaking distance). His response: "yes sir, we'll stand a watch until we leave for the start." They did -- after a long race down the Bay they kept someone in the cockpit, rotating every hour or so, until the hauled anchor for the first Screwpile race. They didn't budge at all but kept the promised watch.

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Thanx for posting this, to restore our faith in at least some boaters.
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They didn't budge at all but kept the promised watch.

Thank you gentlemen, whoever you are.
if someone is diligint enough to post a anchor watch all night, I don't mind them dropping close enough to me to talk to.

I don't normally sail with enough people to post watch (plus with a 27 footer there's only room for 6 people at most), so anytime I anchor and people are not going to be ondeck the entire time, I set the drag alarm on the chart plotter. It's not as good as a person on watch as you need to set the alarm for 2x the length of rhode you let out in case the wind or tide swings you 180 degrees, or get woken up for somewhat falst alarms through the night, so it's fairly useless in a crowded harbor, but still better than nothing at all.
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... but still better than nothing at all.
And that depends on whether you are trying to sleep or if you're the guy downwind who was there first.
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