I stayed the whole day at Green Island, enjoying the very still waters inside the protective reef. The anchorage looks wide open to the wind and waves but is, in fact, very well protected from both and Zanshin hardly rocked at all, much better than the waters in Falmouth the past couple of days.
After cleaning the dinghy the day before I attacked the hull cleaning project for Zanshin herself. I wanted to get a "before" and an "after" video of the hull so charged up the GoPro3 camera and downloaded the newest firmware update which, in theory, was to correct for unspecified problems but the real issue known in the internet but not acknowledged by the company is the hang issue when turning it on which (a) depletes the battery in short order, and (b) can only be fixed by removing the battery pack. This sounds easy, but try doing that while diving underwater without ruining the camera! The firmware update unfortunately did not work and I had to make several attempts before it started up correctly and I could put the camera into the underwater housing for use.
The hull was filthy. Lots of moss/green stuff and juvenile barnacles and little wormy things had made the underside of my boat their home and my mission for the day was to evict them. The first pass was with a scraper to get rid of the razor-sharp growth and shave off the main layer of grunge, then pass 2 was with a green Scotch kitchen pad to lightly get the rest off the hull and hopefully expose a layer of the (woefully inadequate) ablative bottom paint. I managed to exert myself for over an hour and when I came up from the second dive the tank was completely empty, so empty that when I opened the valve to blow air into the regulator cover in order to dry it all I got was a weak wheezing sound!
Tired after the exertion of cleaning the hull I relaxed in the cockpit for a bit and read a book, until Happy Hour came around and I had my sun downers while preparing a big hamburger from the remains of the ground beef in the fridge.

Anchorage north of Green Island This anchorage looks open to the north and norteast but is in fact very well protected and has calm waters.
[17°4'30.81"N 61°40'27.19"W (facing S)]
Anchorage north of Green Island
Reef just behind me This reef, shown at low tide, is just behind my boat but I'm still in 25 feet of water.
[17°4'30.81"N 61°40'27.19"W (facing SW)]
Reef just behind me
GoPro3 Freeze Despite having dowloaded the newest firmware, my GoPro3 Hero Black edition usually freezes like this when turned on. Nothing works until the battery is removed, which is hard to do underwater.
(2011-05-08 15:34:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
GoPro3 Freeze
GoPro3 finally working After several battery removals I finally managed to get the camera turned on so that it didn't freeze, in which case one gets a display like this.
(2011-05-08 15:36:34 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
GoPro3 finally working
Kitesurfing off Green Island The winds had picked up enough to allow the kite surfers to play.
[17°4'30.81"N 61°40'27.19"W (facing NE)]
Kitesurfing off Green Island
Kitesurfing inside the reef at Green Island The outer reefs protect the Green Island anchorage and make for calm waters while kitesurfing.
[17°4'30.81"N 61°40'27.19"W (facing NE)]
Kitesurfing inside the reef at Green Island
Empty dive tank I used every last cubic inch of air in this tank. The valves are open and the compressor operating in this picture, but the pressure gauge is pegged to 0. There wasn't even enough air left in the tank to blow-dry the regulator.
[17°4'30.81"N 61°40'27.19"W ]
Empty dive tank
A touch of pressure The gauge is finally reading a bit of pressure; I had used all the air in the tank while cleaning the hull.
[17°4'30.81"N 61°40'27.19"W ]
A touch of pressure
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