After the night at anchor in Diamond Cay I spent the morning hours trying to decide what to do with the day ahead. The waves were still high, albeit with a long period, but sailing upwind to Marina Cay would still be a chore, I'd been to Great Harbour just a few days before and didn't want to repeat myself and the sail there would just be a couple of minutes.
After breakfast I decided to use the cloudy conditions to see if I could get a couple of good photographs of the bubbly pool without the washed-out colors of bright Caribbean sunlight. This time I came prepared - I checked to make sure that there was a battery in the camera, took along a second lens and brought the tripod. While the light conditions were OK and the waves nice and high, the wind blew a fine spray all around that didn't make for the crisp pictures I had hoped for. Nonetheless the tripod helped and I even made a couple of videos with the Nikon and will have to download some editing software so that I can prune and correct the videos before posting them.
I decided to head out before actually figuring out where I wanted to go. I weighed the anchor and put up a heavily reefed mainsail since I could see the white-tops on the waters outside the protected anchorage and then put the heavily reefed genoa up as well and decided I would go to Peter Island for the rest of the day and spend the night there at anchor. The winds were about 25 knots true and I made very good speed to the cut at Soper's Hole and rolled up the genoa and motorsailed through that narrow passage between the islands since it was exactly into the wind and tacking through there is a lot of work. After the cut I once again rolled out a heavily reefed headsail and comfortably beat upwind in the Sir Francis Drake channel, comfortably doing 4-7 knots with the boat hardly heeled over while other boats with much more sail were fighting and had their toe rails in the water. While the catamarans weren't heeled they did a lot of slamming into the choppy seas in the channel.
After a couple of tacks and having made a bit of headway, I 46 foot Moorings catamaran with a skipper aboard passed within 50 feet of me and I realized that this wasn't correct and that I was making life too easy; so I let out a bit more genoa to between the 3rd and 2nd reef points and that brought my speed up to match his. Then came a tack and a long (and perhaps final) run to The Bight so I changed my mind about my destination and let out the full genoa. This made a big difference to both my heel angle and speed; but I wasn't going to let a catamaran beat me on an upwind run. I still had far too little mainsail out, but that was going to be too much work to head up into wind and let out more sail; plus I was now faster than the cat and would soon catch up and pass her and that was all I really wanted to do. The old question-and-answer to "Q: When are 2 sailboats racing?" "A: When they are in sight of each other." proved true.
After anchoring in what is now my accustomed spot in the Bight I puttered around the boat a bit and dinghied over to the Willie T's for the sun downer drink and some dinner. The crowd was a mixed one and changed around sunset, but the staff as usual adjusted their music to the crowd and it proved a rather quiet evening. The burger was tasty and I made do with drinks out of a can (I prefer bottles, but glass isn't a good idea on the Willie T where most of the guests, including myself, go barefoot on the steel decks.

Diamond Cay anchorage View towards the bubbly pool area from my protected position at Diamond Cay.
[18°26'59.7"N 64°43'21.45"W (facing NW)]
Diamond Cay anchorage
Rollers coming in The rollers are breaking in symmetry on the reefs and shallows before the shoreline
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
Rollers coming in
10 foot swell pounding the rocks The waves come in series, this shows 2 large consecutive waves hitting and about to hit the shore.
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
10 foot swell pounding the rocks
Curling wavetops This large wave started breaking long before the shoreline and had lost so much energy by the time it hit the rocks that it didn't do much at all.
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
Curling wavetops
Big spray It is hard to believe from looking at the almost calm waters behind this explosion of spray that it has the power to do this today.
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
Big spray
Perfect break between islands The waves are breaking perfectly between Jost and Little Jost. If it weren't for the coral and shallow waters at the end of the break it might make a good surfing location.
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
Perfect break between islands
Churned waters Churned waters
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
Churned waters
Jost van Dyke north shore The rocky striated north shore of Jost van Dyke takes on the occasional north swell Atlantic waves .
[18°27'15.4"N 64°43'43.37"W (facing W)]
Jost van Dyke north shore
Bubbly pool entrance A wave entering the chute that leads to the bubbly pool
[18°27'15.3"N 64°43'48.51"W (facing SW)]
Bubbly pool entrance
Crashing into the pool Crashing into the pool
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Crashing into the pool
Wave entering the bubbly pool This picture shows the size of the wave and amount of water entering the bubbly pool area - but it is the same water leaving the pool and heading back to sea which is more dangerous.
[18°27'15.3"N 64°43'48.51"W (facing SW)]
Wave entering the bubbly pool
Inlet next to the bubbly pool This rocky inlet is next to the bubbly pool and it was also a maelstrom this day.
[18°27'15.3"N 64°43'48.51"W (facing SW)]
Inlet next to the bubbly pool
Striated rock formations I'm not knowledgeable about rock formations, but they do look nice.
[18°27'15.3"N 64°43'48.51"W (facing SW)]
Striated rock formations
Group shot about to go bad Little did this group expect the big swell entering behind them...
[18°27'15.3"N 64°43'48.51"W (facing SW)]
Group shot about to go bad
Warning sign This is probably one of the most ignored signs on the island.
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Warning sign
Incoming! Incoming big wave into the bubbly pool.
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Villas at Soper's Hole The location of these villas is wonderful, albeit a bit remote, but the views must be incredible.
(2013-02-20 14:03:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 125 Focus ∞)
Villas at Soper's Hole
Yacht PAN DAI The interior space in this 56 foot catamaran must be incredible!
(2013-02-20 16:36:02 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 125 Focus ∞)
Anchorage in the Bight The anchorage at the Bight is pretty well filled up. The areas without mooring balls are generally too deep (60 or more feet) to anchor for most boats.
[18°19'10.22"N 64°37'11.16"W (facing SE)]
Anchorage in the Bight
Powerboats  Med-Moored This corner of The Bight is often taken by these large power yachts, who will do a Med moor with a line to shore so that the stern sections point to shore and the bow, held in place by an anchor, to the wind and waves.
[18°19'10.22"N 64°37'11.16"W (facing NW)]
Powerboats Med-Moored
Yacht with St. John in the distance This power yacht is anchored very far outside of The Bight but I'm sure that the waves don't do much to a boat that size.
[18°19'10.22"N 64°37'11.16"W (facing SW)]
Yacht with St. John in the distance
My Couch This is my therapy couch aboard Zanshin
(2013-02-20 17:15:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 1.00m)
My Couch
Willie T's has fresh paint The Willie T's looks a bit nicer with a fresh paint job.
(2013-02-20 18:22:47 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/25s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
Willie T's has fresh paint
Troy at the Bar Troy working the bar for the sunset crowd.
(2013-02-20 18:23:03 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/15s] ISO 200 Focus 2.51m)
Troy at the Bar
Checking out photos They were playing "You can leave your Hat on" so you can imagine what the content of this picture might be...,
(2013-02-20 18:23:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/25s] ISO 200 Focus 3.76m)
Checking out photos
Willie T's arrivals This heavily laden dinghy is going to sit somewhat lower in the water on the return trip
(2013-02-20 18:23:14 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/160s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
Willie T's arrivals
Dusk view from the Willie T's Dusk view from the Willie T's
(2013-02-20 18:42:34 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/10s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
Dusk view from the Willie T's
Willie T's activities.. One of the many leisure activities available aboard the S.S. William Thornton
(2013-02-20 18:50:59 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/6s] ISO 640 Focus 3.76m)
Willie T's activities..
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