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Another thread on anchoring prompted this thought but I thought I'd start a new thread rather than hijack that one.
The upshot is, I have only had a few times when I wasn't anchored to windward of some shore line. On the Chesapeake, its not uncommon to have land and/or shoal water near by on 2 or 3 sides, sometimes closer than you would like.
I always try to select an anchorage based on the forecast winds, however in summer conditions I've swung 360 degrees around the anchor as summer thunderstorms swept by. Only on a couple of occasions have I been rewarded to awaken to find my boat lying exactly the way I had expected. Fairly often I find, I'm lying towards a shore line, so I'd be in trouble if we dragged. If I expect the wind to shift, I'll anchor for the shift rather that the existing wind and find that usually works though, you're usually blowing twards land until the shift occurs, sometimes 1/2 the night.
I have a fair degree of confidence in my Delta 35 and our anchoring technique for the conditions we sail in, but I still take a panic azimuth before dark and note it at the helm, set an anchor alarm and get up to check if we're dragging at least a couple of times a night (a couple of beers helps with this), more if storms are about. In the conditions we anchor in, I just can't see how you could possibly consistently avoid a lee shore when anchoring. Am I missing something? Anything I could do better to avoid finding myself a tale of woe?
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36