You are invited to a FREE Anchoring Workshop
Hosted by America’s Boating Club, Portsmouth – also known as Portsmouth Sail and Power
Squadron. We specialize in teaching boating courses in the off-season.
When: October 11, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: Portsmouth High School, Room 242
50 Andrew Jarvis Dr, Portsmouth, NH 03801
In our introductory boating classes we teach lowering the anchor while drifting/motoring
backwards, letting out enough scope, then setting the anchor. This works in a lot of places –
most of the time.
This workshop addresses the more challenging conditions on the New England tidal coast, and
handling emergencies – when the anchor(s) MUST hold. It is meant to supplement our Online
Boat Handling Course ($67.50) – but this FREE Workshop is open to all.
Topics will include: SIMPLE ANCHORING
- The textbook case.
- How much? – marking your Anchor Rode.
- What works where? – chain, rope and combinations.
- Bottom Conditions
- Handling waves/wakes – avoiding jerking
- Controlling Anchor Swing
- Handling changing winds – frontal vs. air mass
- Handling reversing tides
- Downwind – Flying Anchoring
- Dynamic Belaying and Knots to Use
- (demo -you do hands-on in Line Handling Workshop)
- Retrieving your Anchor under difficult conditions
- What to do if you drag?
- Maneuvering using anchors
- Is there ROOM to anchor?
- TWO-ANCHOR TECHNIQUES
- Bow to Stern Anchoring
- Bahamian Mooring
- Windward Vee pattern
- Asymmetrical pattern
- QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
A follow-on FREE Line Handling and Knots Workshop will be held at Portsmouth High School October 25 7:00 to 9:00 PM
This workshop addresses line handling while anchoring and docking under the more challenging
conditions on the New England tidal coast. It is a more hands-on coaching session to follow the Anchoring Workshop.
COACHED SKILLS will include:
- Cleating a line
- Dynamic belaying – for flying anchoring / stopping boat on pier
- Catenary Pull (‘bowstringing’) – for raising difficult anchor / warping on pier
- ’Sweating Up’ sailboat halyards
- Coiling for ready use (Gasket Hank)
- Coiling and Throwing – 3-strand twisted line
- Coiling and Throwing – braided and double-braided line
- KNOTS TAUGHT
- Cleat Hitch
- Whipping – to protect line ends / mark line’s distances
- Parallel Lashing – dual anchor lines
- Prussick Knot
- Figure-Eight – as end loop / middle loop / join two lines / stopper knot
- Two Half Hitches
- Sheet Bend
- Clove Hitch
- Tautline Hitch / Rolling Hitch
- QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS