A frontal system had passed through during the night, I woke up around 1AM to winds gusting and an arrhythmic thumping sound forward, which turned out to be my anchor ball which had worked its way loose. I rolled it up and stowed it since it wasn't any use at night. I checked the anchorage and my boat didn't seem to be moving, and no other boat was visibly dragging so I went back below to sleep.
While making my morning coffee and just before selecting and editing the pictures of the previous day, I realized that my bottle of milk had tipped over and that the contents had emptied to the bottom of the fridge, and of course the milk was all the way up top, dripping onto the two baskets and their contents before draining overboard. Thus my maintenance priorities quickly changed from cleaning the hull to defrosting and cleaning the fridge. I put those items most susceptible to warmth in the pre-chilled freezer compartment and then let the fridge thaw out - it was way past time to do so as the whole ice compartment was full of ice and I'm sure that the fridge wasn't working at anywhere near capacity. Luckily the ambient temperature was working in my favor and the thawing process went quickly while I edited the pictures for yesterday's blog and chatted a bit on the internet in a sailing forum just to tease the mainly American participants who were still in the ice age and eagerly awaiting spring. On a very positive note, I found that steak I'd been missing, tucked between the freezer and the tray beneath it. The steak was only one month past expiry-date but fortunately the Saran-wrapped Styrofoam tray had kept it from leaking into the fridge. I hope some fish or at least a colony of bacteria have a good meal from it.
Alexis dropped by to tell me of the Sunday night BBQ on the beach and sold me a ticket; although I know I won't be eating much the proceeds go to the PAYS organization so that is in a good cause. Lunch wasn't too tasty as the bread I'd bought the day before wasn't good anymore, if it ever had been, but I think it might make a good base for garlic bread and butter when I fire up my grill sometime later this week.
I spent the afternoon doing another round of cleaning scum off the boat waterline and then worked with my Prism Polish to remove some of the rust on the forward stainless. I showered and changed in preparation for the 19:00 BBQ ashore hosted by PAYS and watched the sun head towards the cloudless horizon. I thought I'd done a good job going cold-turkey for my serious medical case of sunset-photographitis but this sunset was just too much temptation for me to be able to withstand.
In retrospect it was a good thing to succumb, as I believe I not only saw the green flash but got a picture of it. Just as with UFO and Sasquatch pictures, it is a bit fuzzy and needs a bit of explanation, but the picture has definite green pixels in it, the next one had a lot of green but had too much noise to post.
Dinner ashore was surprisingly well-visited. I sat at a table with some French cruisers who spoke little English, so I ended up trying to speak French all night and I got better as the night progressed (first rum punch, then a local beer and some Carib) despite the impression that they didn't understand a word I was saying... their French must have been worse than mine.

Dirty Fridge - Before The dirty fridge defrosting and before cleaning.
(2013-04-14 12:00:57 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.5, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 0.84m)
Dirty Fridge - Before
Dirty Fridge - Cleaned The fridge after thawing, defrosting and cleaning.
(2013-04-14 12:14:01 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.5, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 0.84m)
Dirty Fridge - Cleaned
Dirty Fridge - Filled The refrigerator filled again with (cleaned) contents.
(2013-04-14 12:23:38 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/5.0, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
Dirty Fridge - Filled
Dirty refrigerator bottom The bottom of the fridge has collected all sorts of odds and ends.
(2013-04-14 12:01:07 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.5, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 0.40m)
Dirty refrigerator bottom
Fridge drinks waiting for the cold The drinks slowly warming up despite my using ice from the thawing process to try to keep them cool.
(2013-04-14 12:01:23 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.40m)
Fridge drinks waiting for the cold
Icebox being used for cooling The freezer being used temporarily to keep the more perishable items cool while the fridge thaws out.
(2013-04-14 12:01:28 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
Icebox being used for cooling
Cleaned up fridge Cleaned up fridge
(2013-04-14 12:13:41 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.5, 1/25s] ISO 100 Focus 1.26m)
Cleaned up fridge
Dirty fridge from the front The fridge viewed from the front opening door with two drawers (removed) and an upper tray. I found an old steak between the icebox and the layer below it.
(2013-04-14 12:01:15 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
Dirty fridge from the front
Portsmouth anchorage Portsmouth anchorage
[15°34'52.86"N 61°27'50.51"W (facing NE)]
Portsmouth anchorage
Zanshin stainless - stained The rust stains on the base for the spreaders prior to treatment with Prism Polish.
[15°34'52.34"N 61°27'50.39"W ]
Zanshin stainless - stained
Zanshin stainless - cleaned After Prism Polish and a bit of elbow grease, the stainless is shiny again.
[15°34'52.34"N 61°27'50.39"W ]
Zanshin stainless - cleaned
Panga zooming around the anchorage On Sundays it is music and frolicking day ashore for the locals, which included zooming around the anchoring in the heavily loaded panga. At least most of them had lifevests on...
[15°34'52.34"N 61°27'50.39"W (facing W)]
Panga zooming around the anchorage
Portsmouth afternoon rainbow The daily rains in the afternoon often are presaged by these colorful rainbows.
[15°34'51.74"N 61°27'50.86"W (facing E)]
Portsmouth afternoon rainbow
Golden Zanshin Golden Zanshin
[15°34'52.34"N 61°27'50.39"W (facing W)]
Golden Zanshin
Sun dropping into the sea A wonderful golden sunset in the cloudless skies downwind of Portsmouth, Dominica.
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'49.78"W (facing W)]
Sun dropping into the sea
Sunset seen in Dominica A wonderful golden sunset in the cloudless skies downwind of Portsmouth, Dominica.
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'49.78"W (facing W)]
Sunset seen in Dominica
Could this be the A wonderful golden sunset in the cloudless skies downwind of Portsmouth, Dominica. Just as the tip of the sun disappeared it seemed to turn green, in this zoomed picture there are actually some green pixel on the sun's edge, perhaps a prelude to what I think I saw.
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'49.78"W (facing W)]
Could this be the "Green Flash"
PAYS Shore BBQ dinner The PAYS (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) group, otherwise known as Boat Boys, hosts a Sunday barbecue and the proceeds help pay for a security patrol through the anchorage. It was well-visited and the food was tasty.
[15°35'0.21"N 61°27'42.12"W (facing W)]
PAYS Shore BBQ dinner
Rum punch at the BBQ The PAYS (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) group, otherwise known as Boat Boys, hosts a Sunday barbecue and the proceeds help pay for a security patrol through the anchorage. It was well-visited and the food was tasty.
[15°35'0.21"N 61°27'42.12"W (facing N)]
Rum punch at the BBQ
PAYS Sunday dancing The PAYS (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) group, otherwise known as Boat Boys, hosts a Sunday barbecue and the proceeds help pay for a security patrol through the anchorage. It was well-visited and the food was tasty.
[15°35'0.21"N 61°27'42.12"W (facing NW)]
PAYS Sunday dancing
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