Anchor! Sumatra

Digiboat's "Product Testing"
Simon Blundell
Fri 25 May 2012 22:00
 05°37.8920',  095°29.9246'
25/5 2300LT
Nice combination of sailing, motoring, squalls sailing back up the coast to Banda Aceh. One particuklar heavy squall stayed with us for several hours with moderate winds and blinding rain. Gave everything a good wash down after the salt spray blasting the last 2 days.
Found good anchorage depth after dark just outside port which seemed quite protected. Settled in for a decent several hours sleep after none for last 2 days. Just as we fell asleep the anchor drag alarm went off and we were hit by a 25-30kn squall. So hove too under poles and an engine a few miles outside the port and severral miles from land. After the storm passed it was just before sunrise so decided to move on and check for a more protected anchorage - which we didn't find, so heading N to Sabang on Pulau We where there IS a very good anchorage and we can do all the Indoensian clearance formalities there too.