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post #21 of 28 Old 12-15-2010
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These are race boats. On race boats, it's all about weight (Offshore race crews cut the handles off their toothbrushes to save weight). My guess is their anchors are a small as could get by with and their rodes are short, skinny nylon with a bare minimum of chain, if any.

There's really nothing wrong with anchoring in sand, if you've got the right ground tackle. I'll bet they didn't. Add to that, the impact of a lot of boats anchored together where it only takes one guy dragging the anchor to create a horror show.

Did the storm come up at night? For the life of me I can't understand why these boats didn't have anchor watches aboard. Afterall, this is a race week and everyone knows sailors get to bed early before a big race. And it is Phuket, and we all know there's nothing to do at night in Phuket.
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1) ...and you would suggest what, that they anchor the boats in India for a race in Thailand? Not really any way around the sand issue.

2) The damned weather man can't even get the forecast right in my area, how am I supposed to.
1. VERY long rode!!!
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... For the life of me I can't understand why these boats didn't have anchor watches aboard. Afterall, this is a race week and everyone knows sailors get to bed early before a big race. And it is Phuket, and we all know there's nothing to do at night in Phuket.
Once, on 30k winds on a crowded anchorage (Minorca) I had to stand watch on my boat, not because I was afraid of dragging but because I had to dodge (with the help of the engine) the boats that were dragging towards me. Those didn't have anybody on watch and even a powerful horn blast was not enough to wake up the crew. They only appear on deck when they finally hit another boat.

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Paulo- I think there was a hint of sarcasm in BR's post :-))

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Ok, I get it ...but even so, party or not, they should have noticed the weather...unless they were racing on someone's boat and just didn't care.



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They may well all have been partying/recovering/passed out ashore....

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Whatever the cause, it's a crying shame to see boats in that situation.

That said, good points about anchors, ground tackle, holding and weather.

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dont need a multi - just a steel hull and a bilge keel :-) ( of course racing it might be a problem)

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