I’m writing this article as a public service announcement to any one who thinks that English Bay might be a nice place to anchor.

English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

You may be wondering, if there are some better locations and seasons to anchor in English Bay. In response to that I’d like to share with you some local knowledge.

English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

Since anchoring in False Creek became regulated around the time of the 2010 Olympics many of the resident anchorers moved to English Bay, specifically off Kits beach, where there has been a constant cycle of people attempting to ‘live’ here since then. If you count your self as someone who is looking to do this, please consider this simple adage:

English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

You may be wondering ‘why shouldn’t I anchor in English Bay?” The answer is very simple.

English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

There is a technical reason for this, which, if you don’t understand the technical side of sailing or anchoring might seem a little daunting, but here it is. In Vancouver, the wind either blows from the South East or the North West. When the wind blows from the North West it blows right into English Bay making things called waves. The harder the wind blows, the bigger the waves get. If you are anchored in English Bay during a strong North Westerly you will invariably be thinking that English Bay is a dumb place to anchor as you are wedging yourself into your boat in an attempt not to get thrown across your cabin.

Here is a video of some people who anchored in English Bay recently. Look particularly at the little blue boat closest to shore. Imagine yourself starting your day by enjoying your  morning coffee and cornflakes while sitting on it. Perhaps you are reading the newspaper or perhaps you are barfing over the side of the boat while reflecting that English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

Perhaps you wish to anchor off kits beach one sunny day for a pleasant lunch with some friends. That’s fine but check the wind and keep in mind one very important point – English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

Perhaps you wish to drop the hook one quiet summer night for an over night off kits beach. That’s fine but check the weather and good luck sleeping because English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

Here is a photo of someone who didn’t think that English Bay isn’t a dumb place to anchor. As you can see, his boat disagreed with him in the middle of a windy night and relocated itself. It is sitting next to a channel marker buoy which also discovered that English Bay is a dumb place to be anchored.

boat aground at sunset beach
Boat and buoy aground at Sunset Beach.

Here is another photo of a boat that blew  off English Bay recently, I hope it’s owner notices something is missing before putting that one in the water again.

boat aground at kits beach.
Boat aground at Kits Beach.

These boats are not alone. Since 2010 every time the wind blows into English Bay, boats come ashore. Last year a particularly beautiful ketch ran hard aground on the rocks and leaked diesel fuel on to Kits Beach, which necessitated an expensive clean up. If you care about our coastlines, marine habitat and hate to see boats come to a sad end, please share the word that English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

To conclude, a good anchorage consists of a place that is sheltered from the wind. English Bay is not sheltered from one of our two prevailing winds, ergo English Bay is a dumb place to anchor.

You’re welcome.

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