Our favourite anchorages. Part 1.


Two of Tectona’s Favourite Anchor Spots

Where do we love to stop for a swim, supper or overnight? We have a fantastic playground here on the South coast – you can come out of Plymouth Sound and turn to port to head East or to starboard to go West, depending on which way the wind is blowing.

Cawsand Bay



A classic anchorage is Cawsand Bay, situated on the West side of Plymouth Sound, lying outside of the breakwater. Why is it a favourite? because it’s the perfect distance to sail to when you have just started a voyage, it’s just long enough to get the lines and fenders away, get the mizzen, staysail and sometimes even the main up and fit in that all important first cup of tea at sea. Given everyone has now worked up an appetite and learnt lots of new things about the boat, it’s about time to stop for some supper.

Cawsand has good holding, which is most important for a good night sleep and almost never a rolly night in your bunk. It is a lovely place to watch the sun setting over the hill and lightening up Plymouth Sound in pinks and oranges!

Insert Pic of sunset if have one

It is a very short dinghy ride to the pebbly beach, which boasts some great swimming, delicious ice cream shop and a walk up the road onto higher ground to allow a good view of the boat you’ve sailed in on. If we’re lucky the resident dolphins sometime pay a visit to the bay when we are anchored there, occasionally they can be found up at West Mud, just off Cremyll.


Portmellon