Due to jet lag the ladies were up early and we all experienced a sunrise - they were correct in noting that I had lots of sunset pictures but no sunrise ones and I've added one of those to this page for that reason. After lounging around a bit we headed ashore for some shopping and a bit of breakfast and I wanted to catch the 11am bridge opening to get out of the lagoon, but the crew of Pinta came by and told me that the French radio was recommending not going outside due to confused seas so we opted to stay put for another day and took the dinghy to the St. Martin Yacht Club in order to watch the big boats depart.
The first, and biggest, boat in the procession was Candyscape II and she was a pretty sight to behold, clean and sparkling and with crew members in immaculate dress standing at attention at their designated positions. Unfortunately her passage through the narrow opening wasn't quite as impressive. The tide was going out so there was a strong current going through the bridge and the wind was from aft as well and she went through the bridge slowly but after getting halfway the stern starboard broke out and I could see how the whole boat changed direction as she hit side of the bridge. We all felt sorry for the captain, even more so when we saw the chunks of concrete broken off the bridge and the flotsam and jetsam floating in Candyscape II's wake.
On a positive note, I am now part-owner of a super mega yacht, as evidenced by one of the pictures below!
After the excitement of the bridge opening we dinghied around the lagoon for a bit, had an excellent lunch at Lagoonie's and returned to the boat so that the ladies could catch up on their time in the sun. I did some chores and finally sharpened my knives and razor blades, a time-consuming task that I'd put off far too long. By the time this was finished (along with two bottles of sparkling wine amongst us) we were ready to head back to Lagoonie's for some food and drink and to see what the open mic night would bring.

Simpson Bay sunrise One of the few times I'm up and about with camera in hand to catch the sun coming up.
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Simpson Bay sunrise
Desi and Agathe at sunrise Due to jet lag and being on a boat for the first time, the two of them were up early and we got to see the sun coming up over the hills from our position in the Simpson Bay Lagoon.
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Desi and Agathe at sunrise
Megayachts on Isle del Sol Big yachts at the Ile del Sol docks in the morning sun.
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Megayachts on Isle del Sol
Candyscape II lined up for the bridge opening Candyscape II in line for the opening of the Simpson Bay drawbridge; this is the only way to exit the Simpason Bay Lagoon for larger vessels.
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Candyscape II lined up for the bridge opening
Megayacht crew at position Crew positioned with fenders and all dressed up to exit the Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin
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Megayacht crew at position
Simpson Bay drawbridge opening The Simpson Bay brdige on the Dutch side opening for the 11am outbound boats.
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Simpson Bay drawbridge opening
Candyscape II fenders set The fenders on Candyscape II are set, just in case the boat gets too close to the sides of the Simpson Bay bridge. This side remained unscathed, the other sie was hit.
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Candyscape II fenders set
Not much room for error There isn't much room for error while going through the Simpson Bay lagoon bridge for Candyscape II. Unfortunately, she didn't quite make it this time, hitting the far side of the hull against the bridge.
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Not much room for error
Left a fender and took a chunk out of the bridge Candyscape II left a fender behind, some flotsam on the surface and took a chunk out of the bridge including denting the sign upon her exit from the St. Martin Simpson Bay Lagoon
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Left a fender and took a chunk out of the bridge
Debris from Candyscape II's bridge passage Candyscape II hit the bridge hard enough to remove some of the concrete and woodwork from the bridge, plus leave a lot of her previously immaculate hull behind on the surface.
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Debris from Candyscape II's bridge passage
Part of the Simpson Bay Bridge Candyscape II hit her starboard side on the bridge while exiting the Simpson Bay Lagoon and this is part of the dridge fendering woodwork floating off to sea.
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Part of the Simpson Bay Bridge
Candyscape II Just as with chunks of the Berlin Wall upon the demise of east Germany, I now own a piece of a megayacht; these chunks of Candyscape II were floating after she'd collided with the Simpson Bay Bridge
(2012-02-24 14:21:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 250 Focus 0.50m)
Candyscape II
Before and After pictures of the bridge The "before" picture was unfortunately a bit fuzzy, but one can see that the concrete is whole and the sign undamaged. After the collision with Candyscape II it looked somewhat worse for wear.
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Before and After pictures of the bridge
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