|Not an ideal place to anchor in a storm|
Now, put me in some nasty weather unprotected and it's a test of my sanity. You see, the problem is fetch. Unprotected by some sort of land mass/structure, winds can quickly toss up some waves that leave you bouncing around on anchor until you almost go bonkers. Add to that the constant howling of the wind for hours on end and it can be downright miserable.
So far in our travels we've found ourselves in a couple of fairly unpleasant anchorages, either due to inaccurate forecasts or pure lack of options. Like that time we anchored in Lake Huron just north of the St. Claire River when a surprise storm came through. Not fun. But we got lucky and most of it missed us. Bullet:Dodged
|Not a sailing day on Erie|
On the flip side, we now sit in Erie, PA, one of the best natural harbors on the lake. With 20-30kt winds and 5ft waves out on the big lake, we're comfortably anchored in flat waters with less than a 10kt breeze in our little bubble. And while waiting out the weather can itself test my patience, at least we're comfortable while doing it...and not cranky.
Here's to good harbors!
|Not the best picture, but you get the idea|