I got going at daybreak at 06:45 and immediately set sail and cut the engine after maneuvering past the anchored boats and shoal waters in the Marigot bay. I set course for the passage between Virgin Gorda and Neckar Island (the one owned by Sir Richard Branson) but it soon became clear that this course coupled with the north swell and east winds was going to make for a very, very uncomfortable corkscrew ride with the acoustic accompaniement of flapping sails, so I altered course about 10 and sometimes 15 degress to the north to make the ride manageable and save the sails from wear and tear, but on the latter half of the passage I managed to steer a straight course for my target due to changing waves and the use of my engine to motorsail. I'd turned on the engine for an hour so that I could recharge the batteries and also run my electric oven to make bread, then opted to leave it idling at 1200RPM for the last 4 hours to speed things up.
I arrived in good time at 20:00 in the North Sound and set anchor with lots and lots of safety scope (more like 8:1 instead of the recommend 3:1 or 4:1) and slept quite well indeed.

Marigot sunrise I left the anchorage at sunrise and saw this image of the Marigot bay behind me as I sailed towards my goal in the 80 mile distant BVI.
(2011-12-28 12:15:18 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/400s] ISO 250 Focus ∞)
Marigot sunrise
Anguilla sunrise rainbow A rainbow and rainclouds over Anguilla as I depart Marigot in St. Martin for the BVI.
(2011-12-28 11:56:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 320 Focus ∞)
Anguilla sunrise rainbow
Sunrise Anguilla rainbow Somehow the flat and small island of Anguilla seems to trigger cumulus and rainclouds. Here I'm leaving Marigot at sunrise and sailing for the BVI and see this rainbow over the distant island.
(2011-12-28 11:56:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 250 Focus ∞)
Sunrise Anguilla rainbow
Fish traps close to Anguilla Once again I had to play dodge-em on the passage from St. Martin to the BVI in order to avoid getting my rudder wrapped around the lines dropping down from these fish-trap markers.
[18°5'37.11"N 63°9'52.27"W (facing NE)]
Fish traps close to Anguilla
Allure of the Seas and Saba The 1145 feet long cruise ship "Allure of the Seas" draws 30.5 feet and was cruising leisurely at 19 knots for St. Marten as it passed the distant island of Saba.
[18°6'14.71"N 63°13'47.1"W (facing S)]
Allure of the Seas and Saba
Stadt Gera at sea This 545 feet long cargo vessel headed for New York and doing 17.8 knots passed me between St. Martin and Virgin Gorda.
(2011-12-28 14:18:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Stadt Gera at sea
Approaching Virgin Gorda As the day draws to a close I still have 20 miles to my waypoint north of Virgin Gorda (right-hand side); the island was named by Columbus for the "Fat Virgin" but I don't see that image at all, at least from this angle.
[18°27'22.18"N 64°13'28.92"W (facing W)]
Approaching Virgin Gorda
Sunset at sea close to Virgin Gorda The last moments of the day as I am heading from St. Martin for the still distant Virgin Gorda as the sun set behind clouds.
[18°29'17.06"N 64°13'57.35"W (facing W)]
Sunset at sea close to Virgin Gorda
Sunset at sea close to Virgin Gorda The last moments of the day as I am heading from St. Martin for the still distant Virgin Gorda as the sun set behind clouds.
[18°29'17.06"N 64°13'57.35"W (facing W)]
Sunset at sea close to Virgin Gorda
Sunset at sea close to Virgin Gorda The last moments of the day as I am heading from St. Martin for the still distant Virgin Gorda as the sun set behind clouds.
[18°29'17.06"N 64°13'57.35"W (facing W)]
Sunset at sea close to Virgin Gorda
Seconds after the nice sunset The last moments of the day as I am heading from St. Martin for the still distant Virgin Gorda as the sun set behind clouds.
[18°29'40.51"N 64°14'3.53"W (facing W)]
Seconds after the nice sunset
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