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According to some people who were on the boats in the bay, including one that went aground, the bay has no protection from that quarter, & no moorings or dock facilities to speak of. The racers set heavy anchors and buoy them, so they don't have to carry that weight around the course.
Apparently the sudden blow kicked up some surf that may have lifted one or more anchors out of the sand. There are dark rumors one particular boat either tripped its anchor or chafed its rode, and many of the beached boats had their rodes cut by this fellow as he bounced thru the crowded anchorage. Also, apparently, many of the affected boats had few or no crew standing watch at the time. Most people were on shore. Bummer! But I ain't prepared to question the general seamanship of people with 10 Sydney-Hobarts under their belts.
Question: We know multis have a tendency to drag in bouncy anchorages, due to their buoyancy and windage. Is the same true for ULDB monohulls? Would their light weights, wide sections, and short rotational period make them difficult to anchor?
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn