Another typical St. Martin day for me - going shopping for little (but expensive) bits and things for the boat. I did get some staple supplies at the Cost-U-Less on the Dutch side (water & beer & nuts), but the groceries are going to be purchased tomorrow morning before I return the rental car and return to 100% boat life again. The Heineken Regatta began today, with one of the big contested races that which had Island Waterworld competing against Budget Marine. They are both racing a Melges raceboat and it is a matter of prestige who might win. At Budge Marine I was told their boat would probably do better in stronger winds, but the Island Waterworld boat is lighter and would have an advantage if the winds settle, which my WindGuru forecast had predicted. I'll find out tonight at the Port-de-Plaisance party.

Front Street shopping The main shopping drag (for cruise ship visitors) is Front Street in Phillipsburg and they close it down to traffic to allow the tourists easier access to the stores.
(2013-02-27 10:58:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/1600s] ISO 1000 Focus 3.16m)
Front Street shopping
Dinghy loaded with provisions The dinghy is loaded with some of my provisioning purchases (note the 2 cases of water and liquid bread in the form of Carib)
(2013-02-28 14:34:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
Dinghy loaded with provisions
Shopping and Provisioning The main purchase, Nespresso coffee pods, is at the forefront, but I did get some other necessities.
(2013-02-28 14:34:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 2.00m)
Shopping and Provisioning
Go-Fast in the Anchorage These speedboats full of tourists zoom through the middle of the anchorage - where oftentimes people are swimming and who are certainly very hard to see from the cockpit of these cigarette boats.
(2013-02-28 14:35:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Go-Fast in the Anchorage
Heineken Regatta crews practicing This all-lady crew spent a good half hour in the anchorage practicing raising the mainsail.
(2013-02-28 15:15:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Heineken Regatta crews practicing
Messy LED construction The tools and wires laid out in the cabin of Zanshin while trying to assemble the LED lighting system for the cockpit.
(2013-02-28 16:11:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/13s] ISO 200 Focus 3.16m)
Messy LED construction
Grand Case Zanshin sunset The golden sun dropping behind Zanshin in Grand Case
(2013-02-28 18:13:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Grand Case Zanshin sunset
Liquid Gold The whole sky melts to gold as the sun sets from St. Martin
(2013-02-28 18:20:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Liquid Gold

(2013-02-28 18:12:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/13s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
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