Anchoring in a proper way

The anchor a boat is not allways easy and safe anchoring is very important to save the good sailing memories as well. Although harbours and marinas offer safe havens, anchoring in the peace and quiet of the Adriatic coves is undoubtedly much more enjoyable. Lowering of the anchor and chain on the seabed definitely affects the marina life. To maximize your safety and minimize the impact on the marine environment we bring you some useful tips and interesting information about the living world of the Adriatic. Real underwater meadows of Posidonia (Posidonia oceanica), provide habitat, breeding and nursery grounds for many species. Moreover, they are important food source. Their exceptional importance is in maintaining coastal equilibrium by stabilizing the sea bottom, reducing beach erosion and producing up to 14 litre of oxygen per square meter per day, it is very fraigile and endangered. Anchoring has a strong negative impact on the Posidonia meadows. It tears the Posidonia roots and stems at an average of 34 bundles of rhizomes per anchor (where each rhizome has about 5 leaves). The regeneration of the meadows is too slow to compensate for this damage. In addition, moorig in Posidonia meadows is unsafe, at the smallest traction, the anchor tears the shoots and at the same time slips on the Posidonia leaves. Therefore please choose sandy areas for mooring. The Caulerpa taxifolia and Caulerpa racemosa are invasive tropical algae. They represent a significant threat to marine ecosystems because of their fast growth and absence of animals which feed on them. An anchor thrown is an area invaded by Caulerpa taxifolia and Caulerpa racemosa disperses dozens of cuttings which increase their spread. Avoid anchoring where these algae grow. Improper anchoring, discharge og bilge water, littering, noise, speed boats driving and various human activities can me very harmful to the natural environment. It is necessary that each individual takes respnsibility for their actions in order to prevent irreparable damage. When anchoring, use techniques and materials that reduce the negative impact.

Six steps to a correct anchoring

1. Approach the anchoring place facing the wind and identify a clear bottom zone (sand bottom ). Avoid anchoring in Posidonia meadows.
2. Throw the anchor when the boat is stopped. The anchor size has to suit the size of the boat.
3. Release the anchor chain (at a lenght 3 times the water depth) while the boat is slowly going backwards.
4. Wait until the bow turns into the direction of the wind and check if the mooring holds.
5. Upon leaving, move the boat to the position directly above the anchor and then pull up the anchor.
6. If you find fragments of Caulerpa on the chain or anchor dispose it in a trash can.
   Do not return it to the sea!