The wind picked up in the morning and I refused to let myself get pulled along with the crowds departing the North Sound in the early hours of the day, I was in no hurry to go anywhere so I turned on the generator for 2 hours and charged the batteries, ran the dishwasher, did a load of laundry, ran the watermaker (and had to replace the 2 filters for the second time as they'd become clogged) and cleaned up the kitchen after making a mess of it by frying bacon and getting splattering all over the galley surfaces. I did get to watch the antics of the catamaran kids which provided some relief but I still have a long list of small tasks left to do. Actually, instead of a list I put one item on a separate sticky-note and have them pasted to the wall of the navigation station. Somehow for every item I take down off the wall another 2 items go up...
I started on some of the tasks as I'd gotten enough sun and didn't want to look like a boiled lobster and managed to fix the loose anchor bow roller system, which had almost fallen out last time I anchored and put a Turk's Head knot onto the crown spoke of the starboard wheel so that I could feel where the rudder centre position is located instead of having to rely on the electronic instrumentation. Once I confirm that I've got the correct position I'll repeat the procedure on the port wheel since the only way to fix it now is to cut the knot away and start again.

Frying some bacon for brekkie I like crispy bacon, but frying it always sets off the smoke detector so I try to do a large batch at one time and then put it in the fridge. Here I'm using the big pan to fry up a week's worth of supplies.
(2011-12-30 14:41:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 320 Focus 2.24m)
Frying some bacon for brekkie
Brandt washing machine I'm letting the machine air and dry out after having done a load of laundry while the generator was running to charge the batteries and the watermaker was chugging away filling up the main tank.
(2011-12-30 17:04:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 500 Focus 1.12m)
Brandt washing machine
Laundry hanging up to dry While the washing machine has a drying cycle, it uses a lot of energy and doesn't do as good a job as the wind on deck.
(2011-12-30 17:04:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 1.12m)
Laundry hanging up to dry
Upwind to Saba Rock Looking upwind on a breezy day to the distant Saba Rock. The anchorage was full in the morning, but by this time it was noon and most of the stragglers had departed, but I'm sure that it will fill up again by 4pm.
[18°30'9.81"N 64°21'51.49"W (facing E)]
Upwind to Saba Rock
Hobie capsized in the North Sound I was in the cockpit watching this intrepid group of sailors buzz around the North Sound in pretty strong breezy conditions when they got a bit too overzealous and capsized, flinging the crew all over the place. Here is their first attempt at righting the hobie while the smallest member tries to catch up with the floating catamaran.
[18°30'8.64"N 64°21'52.26"W (facing S)]
Hobie capsized in the North Sound
Trying to right a catamaran I was in the cockpit watching this intrepid group of sailors buzz around the North Sound in pretty strong breezy conditions when they got a bit too overzealous and capsized, flinging the crew all over the place. Here isone of their failed attempts at righting the cat.
[18°30'8.64"N 64°21'52.26"W (facing S)]
Trying to right a catamaran
Righting a capsized Hobie Cat I was in the cockpit watching this intrepid group of sailors buzz around the North Sound in pretty strong breezy conditions when they got a bit too overzealous and capsized, flinging the crew all over the place. This is the beginning of their final group effort to right the capsized catamaran. The smallest crewmember is still swimming to catch up with the cat, which is driftin downwind quickly.
[18°30'8.64"N 64°21'52.26"W (facing S)]
Righting a capsized Hobie Cat
Righting a Hobie Cat I was in the cockpit watching this intrepid group of sailors buzz around the North Sound in pretty strong breezy conditions when they got a bit too overzealous and capsized, flinging the crew all over the place. Herethey are finally successful, after several failed attempts, at righting the catamaran.
[18°30'8.64"N 64°21'52.26"W (facing S)]
Righting a Hobie Cat
Saba Rock ferry The Saba Rock ferry runs between various points in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. This free ferry is busy all day and deep into the night, moving people around.
[18°30'8.57"N 64°21'52.73"W (facing N)]
Saba Rock ferry
Crown Spoke Turk's Head The initial Turk's Head on the wheel, still very loose and not at the correct position. A Turk's Head or similar knot is usually found at the Crown Spoke of a wheel - the spoke (or, in this case, the rim position) which is at the top when the wheel is centered.
(2011-12-30 18:46:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Crown Spoke Turk's Head
Crown Spoke Turk's Head The knot has been moved to the correct position on the wheel and I've gone through one cycle of tightening it. A Turk's Head or similar knot is usually found at the Crown Spoke of a wheel - the spoke (or, in this case, the rim position) which is at the top when the wheel is centered.
(2011-12-30 18:51:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Crown Spoke Turk's Head
Crown Spoke Turk's Head The knot fully tightened and the two ends havve been cut and tucked under the strands. A Turk's Head or similar knot is usually found at the Crown Spoke of a wheel - the spoke (or, in this case, the rim position) which is at the top when the wheel is centered.
(2011-12-30 19:16:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 125 Focus 0.71m)
Crown Spoke Turk's Head
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