When we think of idyllic anchorages, hand in hand with beautiful scenery goes protection. A good anchorage is one that offers shelter from the wind and the waves. Around here at least, what could be an awesome place to drop the hook could become very undesirable with a simple shift in wind direction. And so it has been with the last two places where we have anchored out. Our stop for lunch on Wolfe Island the other day and last night’s stay in Stella Bay were both full of Rock and Roll (the term we use for the rolling motion of the boat).
We’ve learned that one of the things that can magnify the wave action in a bay is fetch. Fetch is the distance travelled by wind/waves over open water. The greater the distance, the more the waves are able to build up.
Although the weatherman fibbed to us a bit last night and our anchorage was way more rocky than normal, both Rebecca and I had a decent night’s sleep. Fortunately neither one of us seem bothered by that wave action. I did get up a couple of times to check our position, to make sure we weren’t dragging our anchor, but Rocky (our pet name for our Rocna anchor) was holding us well.
Where shall we head today? We’d better check the weather again and hope that the wind report is a bit more accurate!