1.) When anchoring, or doing anything else really, you need to focus on YOUR task. Crewing a 30 ft sailboat is very manageable with two people. Usually someone is in charge of the helm. Helm duties include watching for things we may crash into, run over, and the like. The other person is either bringing in a fish, raising sails or dropping anchor. Trusting one another to complete their task allows both tasks to be completed safely. Obviously, sometimes, things need to be adjusted or communicated. But, maintaining responsibility for your assignment despite a world of distracts in a high stress situation will avoid larger mistakes.
This guy was laughing at us.
2.) Taste hose water before filling 60 gallons into your water tanks. We filled our water tanks in the Newport Yachting Center fuel dock. The water tasted like cancerous plastic. BPA through the roof. We spent that night in Point Judith Harbor sucking all the water out with a hose into the bilge then hand pumping out the bilge. Dan then crawled under a beach facility foundation to find some fresher water. Then he carted the water back and forth with our 5 gallon jugs on Tater Tot. All in all 5 hours or so wasted.
Since we don't have water, beer is the drink of choice.
Spring water from a spigot below the Roger Wheeler beach facility.
3.) Don't sail during a small craft advisory with the wind and current against you. Like, duh. Are we a small craft? Do they take the heart and spirit of a crew into account when determining a "small craft?" No. We were never in danger. But, we found a way to turn a 4 hour sail into a very uncomfortable 10 hour sail.
4.) Stay hydrated. Easier said then done.
I'm sure there a hundred more lessons to come! And I can't wait to learn them.