Wolfgang had packed light, but apart from clothing and a wonderful bottle of aged Balvenie double wood he inadvertently packed some very bad weather and today was extremely windy (with 3m waves outside of the lagoon) and rainy so we opted to stay at our anchorage and use the rental car for a quick trip around the island and to do some provisioning for his stay on the boat. We got our shopping done at Le Grand Marché on the Dutch side in torrential rain and, much to our dismay, our rental car failed to start due to a very low battery. After trying to reach the rental company I went inside and asked if they might have a starting kit in the hopes that I wasn't the first person with this problem and was told that they did have one. I got the starter battery from them and quickly started the car but was soaked to the skin while doing so. Luckily it was a tropical downpour and not too uncomfortably cold.
Dinner was had ashore at a new restaurant with tasty food but where the service still needs to learn the ropes, our waiter had a big section and was so busy that we it seemed like an aeon before we got the bill.

Early morning Marigot rainbow An early morning rainbow over the anchorage in Marigot, St. Martin
(2012-01-18 13:30:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°4'4.41"N 63°5'21.79"W (facing SW)]
Early morning Marigot rainbow
Ma Dou Dou selection Ma Dou Dou makes spiced local St. Martin rum with hand-painted bottles and their store is well-hidden away in Cul-de-Sac
(2012-01-18 16:19:40 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.50m)
[18°6'11.51"N 63°1'35.45"W (facing N)]
Ma Dou Dou selection
Lobster at the market Lobster in the tanks at the open-air market in Marigot, St. Martin.
(2012-01-18 15:16:32 FinePix XP30 [f/4.1, 10/380s] ISO 100)
[18°4'1.07"N 63°5'12.6"W ]
Lobster at the market
Fruits for sale at Marigot Local fruits and vegatables for sale at the open-air market in Marigot.
(2012-01-18 15:17:27 FinePix XP30 [f/4.6, 10/700s] ISO 100)
[18°4'2.43"N 63°5'11.32"W ]
Fruits for sale at Marigot
Lunch at Lagoonies Wolfang eating lunch at Lagoonies at the Simpson Baie lagoon at Lagoonie's restaurant (and bar).
(2012-01-18 18:31:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 400 Focus 1.50m)
[18°2'1.22"N 63°5'5.58"W (facing NW)]
Lunch at Lagoonies
Golden sunset in Marigot Another day comes to an end with a fiery sunset
(2012-01-18 22:59:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/30s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
[18°4'4.87"N 63°5'11.62"W (facing W)]
Golden sunset in Marigot
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