Monday, January 31, 2011

I had planned on walking around Gustavia and revisiting the airport for some pictures that day and our two boats motored to Gustavia and anchored in the outer harbour in the morning hours. I cleared out and Arita cleared in & out and we had a small breakfast with coffee and croissants and Rob paid the bill before I did and I think he only narrowly escaped having a coronary; the prices in St. Barths are evidently at the upper end of the scale; but we did have some excellent Fiji water and coffee.

After Rob had arranged the second mortgage and indentured servitude of his next male born child with the restaurant owners, we took off on our wanderings and I set up my camera and tripod at the roundabout over the St. Barths airport in preparation for taking a video of an aircraft coming in on final and landing. I will need to find someone to help me edit the video and make it acceptable for consumption, the movie is located on the video clips page.

After our return to Gustavia via the old cemetery with its myriad of bright and colourful (and plastic) flowers we returned to our boats and I intended on returning to Colombier immediately as the anchorage outside of Gustavia is quite uncomfortable in the swell, but the large catamaran anchored behind me turned out to be Palarran and belongs to David, a fellow sailing forum member on the internet. After getting a grand tour of the huge catamaran I returned to my boat, motored to Colombier and set about getting my outboard and dinghy aboard. By the time that was done the sun was setting and I had a tasty dinner with the rest of my baguette and managed to finish my book in wee hours of the night.

I remember thinking to myself that my batteries would be charged by the morning as I could hear my wind generator buzzing away all the time, but when I looked outside I realized that there wasn't a great amount of wind but that the boat anchored about 100 feet downwind of me had an Air-X Marine wind generator on board, which was doing a fine job of keeping up their reputation as the loudest wind generator on the market.

Kismet Yacht Kismet Yacht
Kismet Yacht
Eclipse Megayacht Eclipse Megayacht
Eclipse Megayacht
St. Barths departure "Islander" giving thrust while her anchor is being lifted by divers so that she can power out of her slot at the docks.
[17°53'51.64"N 62°51'0.16"W (facing W)]
St. Barths departure
Gustavia Cactii Tropical cactus and flowers overlooking the port of Gustavia on St. Barths with one megayacht at the docks.
[17°54'1.85"N 62°51'4.61"W (facing S)]
Gustavia Cactii
Looking down onto Gustavia Looking down from the hill above Gustavia in St. Barths. A couple of megayachts are med-moored to the docks but the harbour is quite empty compared to the height of winter season, when every foot of dockspace is taken.
[17°54'1.79"N 62°51'4.36"W (facing SE)]
Looking down onto Gustavia
Gustavia vista Both Zanshin I and Arita are anchored in the background on this picture, taken from the top of the hill over Gustavia on St. Barths.
[17°54'4"N 62°51'6.64"W (facing W)]
Gustavia vista
Final approach in St. Barths This is a particularly difficult airport to fly in. The pilot must clear a hill on the top of which is a roundabout (which I'm standing next to when I took this picture) and then attempt to lose altitude without gaining too much speed and then put down on this runway, which is sloped downhill towards the water.
[17°54'15.8"N 62°50'53.12"W (facing E)]
Final approach in St. Barths
Final feet in St. Barths approach This is a particularly difficult airport to fly in. The pilot must clear a hill on the top of which is a roundabout (which I'm standing next to when I took this picture) and then attempt to lose altitude without gaining too much speed and then put down on this runway, which is sloped downhill towards the water. Here the pilot is just about to start his flare and will end up touching down about a thrid of the way down the runway..
[17°54'15.72"N 62°50'53.16"W (facing E)]
Final feet in St. Barths approach
St. Barths Cemetary This is by far the most colorful cemetary that I've ever seen. Despite the tropical climate the flower, for the most part, won't wilt as they are made of plastic.
[17°54'15.2"N 62°51'9.16"W (facing NW)]
St. Barths Cemetary
Swedish cemetar on St. Barths Swedish cemetar on St. Barths
[17°54'14.74"N 62°51'8.88"W (facing NW)]
Swedish cemetar on St. Barths
Palarran in St. Barths This yacht belongs to a gentleman who I met through an online boating forum and we met up for a drink while anchored off Gustavia in St. Barths; one can see the megayachts anchored in deeper water in the background.
[17°54'2.55"N 62°51'29.94"W (facing N)]
Palarran in St. Barths
Megayachts galore St. Barths is always the place to see some of the biggest megayachts in the world. While the marina inside the lagoon might hold many large yachts, the biggest behemoths don't fit inside and tend to congregate here.
Megayachts galore

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