I had to start the day early, as I still needed to provision for fresh groceries and also visit the 2 chandleries in town for my final boat purchases. Since traffic on the island is miserable at best and the Heineken Regatta imposes several additional bridge openings coupled with over 230 boats going in and out, I knew that I'd need a lot of time. I drove the long way around to avoid the congestion in Marigot and managed to get the chain for the dinghy which I'd ordered but forgotten to pick up at Island Waterworld, got a special LED dimmer at Budget Marine and then did all my shopping at Le Grand Marche; but unfortunately all of the fresh greens were limp-not-so-fresh greens so I didn't stock up on much fresh produce. I gather that Tuesdays are the best day of the week to get fresh food, as that is when they are delivered on island!
After returning the rental car and storing all of my purchases aboard, I dropped by Octopus diving to visit with Sally & Chris and see their newborn baby, Keiran. All of them are doing well and Keiran is not only cute but also very big and he was full of energy crawling around while we spoke, until it was time for his nap.
Subsequently it became fix-it day aboard. I had to re-solder one of the old LED strips that I'd made, the negative-to-negative connection had previously worked and looked good, but now corrosion had set in and the connection, which still looked good, no longer worked. After soldering that and two of my new LED strips together I attacked some smaller tasks aboard and then proceeded to splice together the dinghy anchoring systems (anchor, shackle, chain, thimble, 3-strand rode) and by the time all that had finished the sun had set and I was confronted with the decision of what to do with the rest of the evening. I still had a full baguette aboard, so made a simple dinner of baguette sandwiches with some salami and fresh French Brie.
After dinner I searched around my boxes until I found my movies USB drive and watched half of an action movie before deciding that I wasn't really in the mood to sit inside and went topsides with a glass of Talisker in hand and just watched the beach lights move back and forth as the boat gently swung around the anchorage.

Heineken Regatta Day 1 The winds were very light on the starting day and much, if not most, of the boats had an altered upwind/downwind course rather than the traditional around-the-island race due to potential timing problems, so the fleet that came Grand Case this year was a lot smaller.
(2013-03-01 13:04:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°7'2.14"N 63°3'27.57"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta Day 1
Smoke from the hills This big smoke signal from ashore came just as the Heineken Regatta boats were heading past Grand Case - my first thought was that this was a shoreside wind indicator gone awry.
(2013-03-01 13:27:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/50s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
[18°6'22.05"N 63°3'30.36"W (facing SW)]
Smoke from the hills
Soldering LED lighting Soldering and fixing corrosion spots on the LED lighting system for the cockpit area.
(2013-03-01 14:14:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/15s] ISO 160 Focus 1.12m)
Soldering LED lighting
Splicing the dinghy anchor The anchor, chain, line and tools used for splicing the whole assembly together - first a shackle between the anchor and chain, siezed with Monel wire, then a simple eye splice on a thimble for the 3-line to the anchor chain, then whipping both ends of the line to make sure it stays put and doesn't unravel.
(2013-03-01 16:30:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/320s] ISO 160 Focus 0.50m)
Splicing the dinghy anchor
Dinghy anchor completed The complete dinghy anchor ready to go!
(2013-03-01 16:56:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 0.67m)
Dinghy anchor completed
Splicing gear in Paradise My splicing gear out along with one of the best books out there on rigging (with a chapter on splicing). At first I wanted to try his excellent rope-to-chain splice for 3-strand, but the book recommended practicing the complex splice on extra line before using it and I only had the one length of 3-strand to work with, so I ended up using a simple eye-splice.
(2013-03-01 17:42:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/14.0, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus 1.33m)
Splicing gear in Paradise
Day ends in Grand Case The day comes to a close while I'm working with splices in the cockpit and sipping a fine beverage.
(2013-03-01 18:17:05 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/14.0, 1/25s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°6'23.08"N 63°3'23.25"W (facing W)]
Day ends in Grand Case
Grand Case from the shore Panorama view of Grand Case from the LoLo's on the shoreline
(2013-03-01 12:49:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
[18°6'12.07"N 63°3'19.78"W (facing NW)]
Grand Case from the shore
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