As I'd been forced to anchor relatively far outside due to my late arrival with all the mooring balls occupied, I did roll around a bit at night when the wind faded away and left the boat to drift broadside to the waves washing around the anchorage headland. Although I didn't sleep too well, I still got enough sleep to let me attack the new day. I had some coffee and granola bars for breakfast and then assembled the dive gear for what has always been an excellent dive site at Île Fourchue.
The winds were calm when I dinghied over to the solitary mooring marking the site and descended to find that the site was still a wonderful one. I could tell that the seas were kicking up and disturbing the bottom, plus the swell was noticeable at depth and a good current was running as well so this would be my last dive for a couple of days since with seas peaking at over 4 meters the visibility would go down from many meters to a few centimeters.
I tried to shoot some video with my camera, but I'd forgotten that it doesn't auto focus during video and unfortunately the long video where I followed a lobster crawling across the bottom for several minutes and another where I followed a turtle around were shot out of focus and are basically useless. Nonetheless I enjoyed the dive immensely and came up after 40 minutes with half a tank; so I know I'm getting back into dive mode and doing better with my air. I'd switched the new dive computer from metric to imperial measures and saw the types of numbers that I was used to - feet instead of meters for depth.
After getting back aboard I saw that an inner mooring had become free and prepared to get the anchor up and snag the mooring. By the time I'd done this a catamaran had arrived and, of course, it took the good mooring. I'd already weighed anchor and chose another mooring that I didn't really like since it was very close to shore and perhaps with back winding my big boat would be in risk of grounding and as I was motoring past a moored boat the skipper came out and told me that he was leaving, so I managed to get a very good position for the next overnight stay - closer to shore and out of the direct path of any NW swell coming around the bend.
I then went to work on the stainless in the forward part of the boat, and managed to acquire my first sunburn of the trip as I'd neglected to put sunblock on my back but I hope that this burn won't be a bad one since I've already got some pigmentation; I'll find out tonight or tomorrow. At this point in time it was mid-afternoon and I was surprised to see Welwyn and Friedemann arrive in their replacement charter boat, the “Petole” and due to the shifting winds they had to make 2 attempts to anchor but finally found a comfortable spot close in that should give as much protection as possible from the soon-to-arrive swell. I'd tried to go ashore in the dinghy a bit earlier and the surf was already a bit much for me and the waves hitting the rocky cliffs at Île Fourchue were already noticeably higher.
By now other boats were arriving and anchoring, including the kindly skipper who'd relinquished his spot to me earlier. He took a mooring ball close in, but soon motored past and said it was uncomfortably close to shore there and he might motor to St. Martin or St. Barths for the night in order to find shelter from the north swell.
Welwyn and Friedemann invited me over for an early dinner aboard the “Petole” and we had sun-downers while watching the large red sun sink into the sea. Dinner was a tasty pasta dish and I thought I'd stayed quite late but when I returned to Zanshin I found it was only 21:00 so I watched an episode of “The thin blue line” that Sally and Chris had given me before falling asleep.

Bigeye under the coral A bigeye hiding or lurking underneath the coral outcrop at about 50 feet.
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Bigeye under the coral
Curious Damselfish Curious Damselfish
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Curious Damselfish
Snapper Snapper
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Turtle slowly swimming at 40 feet I'm sure that he can stay down as long with one breath as I can with the full tank!
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Turtle slowly swimming at 40 feet
Lobster walking about I saw 2 lobsters on this dive who were walking/running across the bottom during the day, something I'd never seen before.
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Lobster walking about
Lobster retreating from the camera Lobster retreating from the camera
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Lobster retreating from the camera
Lobster closeup during the day Lobster closeup during the day
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Lobster closeup during the day
Purple sponge at Fourchue Purple sponge at Fourchue
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Purple sponge at Fourchue
Blue Tang Blue Tang
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Blue Tang
Barracuda over a sponge Barracuda over a sponge
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Barracuda over a sponge
Brown garden eels This time I held my breath from far away and glided to the eels before they could completely retreat. They are very shy and disappear into their burrows at movement and even the noise of bubbles being exhaled causes them to retreat
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Brown garden eels
Parrotfish Parrotfish
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Great Barracuda Great Barracuda
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Great Barracuda

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Ile Fourchue shoreline with stranded cat The barren shoreline of Ile Fourchue with the remains of a stranded catamaran on the rocks.
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Ile Fourchue shoreline with stranded cat
Ile Fourchue anchorage Ile Fourchue anchorage
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Ile Fourchue anchorage
Mooring balls close to the cliffs The moorings looks deceptively close to the rocky cliffs / shoreline at Ile Fourchue, but since the dropoff is steep even big boats can use the mooring with no worries about grounding should they get back-winded.
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Mooring balls close to the cliffs
Sorry wreck on the rocks at Ile Fourchue This wreck has been despoiling the shoreline in the Ile Fourchue anchorage for a couple of years, I certainly hope that it gets removed before falling apart completely.
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Sorry wreck on the rocks at Ile Fourchue
Guiness in a Bavarian stein This is almost a sacrilege, but I had Guinness in cans with the widget and this beer stein from Munich is the only acceptable container for it. Despite the national mix, it tasted wonderful in the heat of the Caribbean.
(2013-03-09 17:04:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/13s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Guiness in a Bavarian stein
Moored at Ile Fourchue Zanshin tucked in close on a mooring at Ile Fourchue in preparation for the incoming NW 4 meter swell.
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Moored at Ile Fourchue
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