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Drakes Bay is a pretty open anchorage with minimal protection from a N-NW wind (which is the predominant pattern). It is completely exposed to a S-SW wind and/or swell. Do not anchor in Southerly conditions. If the Northerly breeze is up, it will be an uncomfortable night. The best anchoring is between the CG mooring buoy and the W-SW shore near the old fish house and pier. Go as close to the shore as you are comfortable (12-20'? depth). There are some scattered rocks along the shore. The closer to shore the more protected and comfortable the night. Be forewarned that if the breeze should die down and there is a flood tide, your boat will swing towards shore. Get there early as the best spots fill up quickly.