...... This latter yacht indicated that she wished to leave the anchorage and....
....How does one go aground at Puilladobhrainn? Any inside info? And why would you leave there in a force 7-8? The mind boggles... or perhaps the report is misleading?
as skipper of " this latter yacht " perhaps i can assist.
as i understand the position the yacht that ended on the rocks had 2 anchors out, at least one of which dragged. this was the second yacht to drag that night. the first yacht, which was furthest up the anchorage had left some hours before in daylight.
that left us as " second " in line. there was a westerly on our starboard bow. the yacht that ended on the rocks was behind us on the starboard quarter. there were another 6 or so yachts behind that.
the grounded yacht came up on our starboard side and level with the westerly and then suddenly veered off to starboard and onto the rocks. shortly after that our anchor started to drag. i reckon the main reason was the amount of swinging we were doing.
the westerly had alerted the coastguard to the grounded yacht and also later the we were in difficulty. i spoke to the skipper of the westerly next day at kerrera and it appears the the skipper of the grounded yacht had been distracted by his son and had taken his eye off the ball for the vital second or two in the confined space.
so far as leaving the anchorage is concerned i rapidly came to the view that " sea room " was preferable to confinement, no matter the wind strength.
having no windlass, hauling the anchor by hand was just at the limit of my strength in the conditions and it was only with great difficulty that i got it on board. if i had let the anchor down again and it had not held i would probably have been unable to pull it up for a second time. by this time the lifeboat had arrived and the its floodlights had virtually destroyed my night vision. i decided that it was untenable to dodge about in the anchorage for the rest of the night ( by this time it was about midnight ) and requested that the lifeboat lead us out.
for those of you interested in the great anchor debate ours is a manson supreme
the westerly, whose crew sat in the cockpit all night with the engine running were hanging ( successfully ) on a cqr.