The big storm that hit the U.S. northeast coast finally made itself felt here in the BVI, bringing in a swell from the NE that arrived in Cane Garden Bay about 3 in morning, making Zanshin roll around significantly every couple of minutes when the boat swung on the mooring and put itself broadside to the incoming waves. When I got up in the morning the surf was already breaking outside the bay so I knew it was time to head elsewhere. I set sail for Sandy Spit but when I got there the swell had picked up even more and despite the protection from the reef the few boats there were already rocking around, so I opted to tuck myself in at Diamond Cay / Long Bay off Jost van Dyke for a couple of hours before heading to Great Harbour for the evening. In the mid to late afternoon some heavy winds and squalls came through the anchorage so I kept on putting off my departure until it was late enough in the day to make me revise my plans and I decided to remain for the night. Foxy's Taboo ashore looked closed and there were only 4 boats in the Bay so I assumed that they weren't going to open for business and I thawed out some hamburgers and corn-on-the-cob, threw out the remaining salad, and chose to use the galley below rather than fight the BBQ in the high winds outside.
Entertainment was free, a big catamaran came in after dark and spent a good 30 minutes attempting to pick up a mooring ball. It was better than TV - the show had drama, shouting, cheering, lots of engine revving and even had a happy Hollywood ending (although that was in doubt until the last heroic attempt by 3 or 4 gents on the bow).

Turtle checking me out Soon after anchoring this guy popped up for air and to see who had invaded his space. He didn't seem particularly interested and soon disappeared again.
(2013-02-11 12:57:53 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 160 Focus 15.00m)
[18°27'5.05"N 64°43'21.51"W ]
Turtle checking me out
WindGuru Forecast The 3.4 meter swell (over 10 feet) coming at a 8 second interval from the NE means that I'm not going to be doing much sailing at all today.
WindGuru Forecast
Diamond Cay view to Foxy's Taboo Looking towards the distant Foxy's Taboo ashore from my position in the anchorage at Diamond Cay / Long Bay
(2013-02-11 12:58:57 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°27'5.05"N 64°43'21.51"W (facing SW)]
Diamond Cay view to Foxy's Taboo
Magma BBQ repairs The BBQ hads been going out and not heating up to capacity, so I used a lull in the rain to see if I could find the problem. The exit holes aren't clogged, so the cause might lie in the valve assembly, and I'm not sure I can (or should) open that up.
(2013-02-11 17:30:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Magma BBQ repairs
Squalls passing through Taken after the worst of the wind and rain had passed. One can see how the waves have been pounded flat by the water coming down.
(2013-02-11 14:32:48 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 1250 Focus 10.60m)
[18°27'5.05"N 64°43'21.51"W (facing SE)]
Squalls passing through
Raining in the BVI The last of the rainstorm coming down, giving needed water ashore.
(2013-02-11 14:33:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/25s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°27'5.05"N 64°43'21.51"W (facing NE)]
Raining in the BVI
Squall passing by The last raindrops flattening the waves while I'm anchored off Little Jost van Dyke in Diamond Cay
(2013-02-11 14:32:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
[18°27'5.05"N 64°43'21.51"W (facing NW)]
Squall passing by
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