After dropping off the garbage at the new dump, situated rather from the beach and old dump and watching two peacocks battle it out for the favors of a lady I returned to the boat and set sail for Norman Island.
I wasn't in a hurry and the wind looked low but blustery so I chose caution and comfort and put 3 reefs in the genoa and about 2 reefs in the main and headed towards the cut at Soper's hole, almost making it but the angle of the wind wasn't good so I motorsailed and put the genoa away since it was flapping at the close angle. I passed a charter boat at hailing distance and in response to their quizzical looks asking "How can you be passing us with just your mainsail up" I shouted across "I'm cheating and motorsailing" after which they probably felt a lot better about their boat's performance. After passing Soper's Hole the genoa came out and I once again turned into a sailboat, beating up the channel a bit before dropping sail in front of the Indians off Norman Island and taking a mooring ball (which took 3 attempts this time, as I was trying to finesse the job and kept on stopping the boat about 5 feet too soon).
I got out the diving gear and, with the 1/2 tank left over from cleaning the hull several days ago, did a quick dive which was further cut short or complicated by my mask strap coming off on the way down. It remain a simple dive to 20-30 feet in calm conditions where I could get back into practice while diving. I might dive the wreck of the Rhone tomorrow if I can remember to fill up the tank.
After the dive I rested aboard and used my cool darkened reading glasses for the first time; they let me read in the bright sunshine without discomfort and they did work very well indeed.
From the Indians to the anchorage at the Bight was just a short motor and I anchored in 20 feet and subsequently spent the time waiting for my steak to thaw out by putting in an eye splice in one of the mooring lines which not only let the steak warm up but also got me past the happy-hour bell at 17:00. Dinner was a simple affair, steak and couscous and a small baked potato.

Peacocks fighting Two peacocks about to engage in a bit of fisticuffs, looking at the female which is probably the cause of their altercation.
(2013-02-14 09:51:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
[18°26'45.5"N 64°45'5.29"W (facing SE)]
Peacocks fighting
Villas off Soper's Hole Villas off Soper's Hole
(2013-02-14 11:35:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
[18°23'11.24"N 64°42'54.49"W (facing N)]
Villas off Soper's Hole
The Indians The Indians seen from a mooring ball and looking towards The Bight on Norman Island. The stark rocks above water belie the diversity seen below when snorkeling or diving.
(2013-02-14 13:18:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°19'57.69"N 64°37'49.98"W (facing SE)]
The Indians
Miriam's Star anchored I saw Miriam's Star on a backwinded mooring off The Bight on Norman Island and I think that despite the name change from "Zanshin" she remains a pretty boat!
(2013-02-14 16:15:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
[18°19'5.77"N 64°37'13.83"W (facing N)]
Miriam's Star anchored
Splicing 1 First step in splicing, get the tools required set up - a cutting board, knife, tape and a bit of time and patience.
(2013-02-14 16:20:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.79m)
Splicing 1
Splicing 2 Then cut the sealed end of the line off and tape the ends of the 3 strands so that they don't fray while they are being worked.
(2013-02-14 16:22:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
Splicing 2
Splicing 3 Wrap a bit of tape around the line after enough length to allow for sufficient tucks during splicing. The tape is to preven the line from unraveling past this point.
(2013-02-14 16:24:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
Splicing 3
Splicing 4 Then choose the correct size for the eye and tuck the first 2 lines through (against the lay of the rope), turn around and insert the 3rd strand. This is the only challenging part, if one gets this wrong the splice doesn't look right, but will still work.
(2013-02-14 16:32:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.67m)
Splicing 4
Splicing 5 Keep on tucking one strand over one and under the next strand in the standing part of the splice. If the beginning was done correctly this is an easy task to do correctly.
(2013-02-14 16:37:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
Splicing 5
Splicing 6 The finished splice. I leave the tape on the ends and let them stand proud of the line until after it has been used a couple of times and has tightened appropriately, then I'll cut them off flush with the rest of the line.
(2013-02-14 16:44:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/50s] ISO 100 Focus 0.67m)
Splicing 6
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