After Wolfgang made breakfast, we departed for a sail to the Île Tintamarre to the northeast and as it was a light wind day we had full sails out and had to work rather hard to tack upwind to get there, going almost to Anguilla on the northerly tack and misjudging the angle so that we had to put in an extra set of tacks before arriving at our destination. I was lucky in that I managed to set up the boat and pick up a mooring ball solo on my first attempt on this new boat, but I think that luck was involved. Tintamarre was busy, but there were still moorings and space available and we had a tasty lunch and took snapshot after swimming around for a bit. The weather didn't look just right for sailing onwards to Île Fourchue so we returned to Grand Case for the night - the winds were fickle this day and we ended up motoring the last mile due to insufficient breeze from behind.

Grand Case islet This little islet off Grand Case is a popular snorkeling site.
[18°7'3.9"N 63°3'30.51"W (facing E)]
Grand Case islet
Park boundary marker These yellow bouys mark the boundary of the park areas in St. Martin and St. Barths. This one is at Grand Case, St. Martin, and Marigot can be seen in the background.
(2012-01-20 15:32:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
Park boundary marker
St. Martin north shore The barren north shore of St. Martin is a stark contrast to the built-up areas elsewhere on the island
(2012-01-20 15:34:23 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/640s] ISO 1000 Focus 10.60m)
St. Martin north shore
Feeding time at Tintamarre I threw a small piece of stale bread into the water at Tintamarre and was surprised at the feeding frenzy it caused, these little fish are very, very fast and almost piranha-like in the speed at which they attacked the bread.
[18°6'56.56"N 62°59'18.84"W ]
Feeding time at Tintamarre
Hungry fish at Tintamarre I threw a small piece of stale bread into the water at Tintamarre and was surprised at the feeding frenzy it caused, these little fish are very, very fast and almost piranha-like in the speed at which they attacked the bread.
[18°6'58.17"N 62°59'20.38"W ]
Hungry fish at Tintamarre
Moored of Ile Tintamarre Our daytime stop at Ile Tintamarre was a pleasant interlude to sailing. We had lunch, went swimming and enjoyed the sights.
[18°7'1.99"N 62°59'22.24"W (facing SE)]
Moored of Ile Tintamarre
Turtle coming up for air These turtles are elusive cretures, whenever they pop up for air the camera is either turned off or stored elsewhere so this turtle at Tintamarre was a rare opportunity for a shot.
(2012-01-20 19:56:12 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Turtle coming up for air
Post-sunset at Grand Case The sky is still aglow after the sun has set behind the promontory at Grand Case, St. Martin
[18°6'21.9"N 63°3'26.96"W (facing W)]
Post-sunset at Grand Case
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