Despite earplugs I only slept fitfully, the boat rolled quite a bit but that was acceptable; there is a very annoying creaking sound somewhere in my cabin when the boat rolls which I haven't been able to locate as it seems to come from different places but it is so loud that despite earplugs I could hear it and finally the waves bashing into the back of the boat and making it shudder was the pièce de resistance making sleep difficult. So got up at sunrise and by 07:00 was underway. I was going to see what the wind and waves were like offshore before deciding whether to make the long run to Antigua (about 90nm) or a shorter one to Nevis for an overnight stay and thence to Antigua but when I got out of the lee of St. Barths I found 10-13 knots of wind and despite the 3 meter long swell I could make a straight run for the southwest corner of Antigua with the wind at 40° apparent and about 90° true and initially in gusty winds I was doing over 8 knots; this settled a bit over the next hours but only once, for a period of about 30 minutes, did the wind die down. During this period I motorsailed in order to the charge the batteries and make some water (plus propel the boat) and until I reached the corner of Antigua I averaged around 8 knots - my fastest passage to date. After rounding the southern part of the island I had to motorsail in order to keep up enough speed so that I could enter the Falmouth anchorage with a bit of light left and my first anchoring attempt put me into the channel, the second anchoring attempt at a different location put my keel in only 2 feet of water and I didn't have enough scope put out but my third attempt in yet another spot in the anchorage let me put out sufficient chain and left me just short of poking into the main navigation channel.

Gaff-rigged Ketch This pretty boat under full sail was arriving as I was departing.
[17°52'54.92"N 62°51'34.27"W (facing E)]
Gaff-rigged Ketch
Outside Gustavia anchorage A view ashore as I was passing by under way to Antigua
[17°52'53.15"N 62°51'33.65"W (facing NE)]
Outside Gustavia anchorage
Catamaran passing at sea A short wave and then they were gone - passing ships at sea between St. Barths and Antigua with Nevis in the background.
(2013-03-12 11:15:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/50s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
Catamaran passing at sea
Approaching Antigua Antigua's coastline in the distance, still a couple of hours away at sailing speeds!
[17°16'56.87"N 62°13'25.73"W (facing SE)]
Approaching Antigua
Cades Reef breaking This reef is well offshore and the unwary skipper is in danger of losing the boat if trying to cut the southwest corner of Antigua too closely.
[16°59'59.97"N 61°53'4.6"W (facing NE)]
Cades Reef breaking
Houses on Falmouth cliffs These mansions overlook the entrance to Falmouth Harbour on the west side.
[17°0'19.03"N 61°47'25.33"W (facing NE)]
Houses on Falmouth cliffs
Sunset entrance to Falmouth Entering the Falmouth harbour just before sunset I can see that it is rather crowded.
[17°0'19.03"N 61°47'25.33"W (facing NE)]
Sunset entrance to Falmouth
 
St. Barths panorama The huge megayacht Serene dwarfs the others anchored outside the Gustavia harbour.
[17°54'8.58"N 62°52'4.24"W (facing NE)]
St. Barths panorama
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