Mares Tail

Shelter from    SE – S – SW

Indicative Anchoring Position

35° 36.13’S    137° 16.07’E

Note.    Indicative anchoring positions are for reference only and should not be used as waypoints.  The best position for anchoring depends on many factors including vessel draft, tide, and forecast wind.

Mares Tail is a delightful and most unusual anchorage. It is a small V-shaped indent in the cliffs, and has a distinctive green trailing vegetation pattern caused by water seeping down the cliff face. It is possible to anchor close to the rocky beach in good sand. An unusual wind effect is sometimes observed whereby a southerly blowing over the top of the cliff will roll down and change direction approximately 100m offshore, resulting in a very local (and light) onshore breeze close to the cliffs while the breeze further out will be offshore as expected. Some protection from a westerly swell is obtained in this anchorage.

The beach is mainly composed of well-rounded loose rocks which present no danger to inflatable dinghies and although a landing is not easy, an interesting walk along the cliff base is worthwhile.