02 March 2021
It struck me the other day that cruisers hailing from different parts of the world have some fundamentally different approaches to some aspects of cruising.
Take for example, anchoring. In Scotland, the majority of yachters on approaching their chosen spot for the night, or week depending on the forecast, will check their well thumbed and slightly damp copy of the Clyde Cruising Club, Sailing Directions and head for their ideal spot, usually, that giving the shortest dinghy ride to the pub. They'll then squeeze out through the zips in the cockpit enclosure, and shuffle along the deck in wellies, rubber or leather depending on your budget and several layers of fleece and Goretex. At an appropriate spot, or more likely, despite furious gesticulations from the foredeck, often ten metres past where you actually wanted the boat stopped, the self-launching-but-won't-without-a-kick anchor plunges into the impenetrable black depths that are Scottish waters. Three to five times depth, engine in reverse, finally happy you're anchor is solid having taken a transit of the pub door and dark pole on promenade, which later turns out to have been a tourist standing eating his fish supper, you head ashore for much needed warmth and sustenance.
Compare that to the blue waters of the Caribbean or indeed, here in the Maldives. Mostly it's much the same except one heads up the deck skipping from foot to foot going, "ooh, aahh" from feet being lightly barbecued on the burning deck, wearing once fashionable beachwear, or more likely a pair of drooping underpants half way through their metamorphis to polishing cloth. One then "lets go" into clear blue water to the sand below. Cruisers brought up in these kind of waters then voluntarily throw themselves overboard, swim thirty or forty metres and then circle slowly above the anchor and, presumably, give the anchor a stern look which perhaps improves its holding power and content themselves that it's actually on the bottom.
What prompted this train of thought was watching the local Maldivian fishing boats and thinking "they wouldn't be doing that in Scotland".
Hope you enjoy the video.