The weather today was still not typical Caribbean sunshine - we had low clouds with overcast and occasional squalls coming through but I wanted to clear out of Antigua and head north so I sailed during what looked like a calm period but once I was outside of the sheltered Green Island waters the swell got the boat rolling heavily and rain squalls passed from behind so I got soaked a couple of times during the mere 7 miles to English Harbour. The outer English Harbour looked emptied out so I went in there for the first time to anchor. My first two attempts were in 12 feet of water and both failed miserably as I could feel the anchor dragging (my foot was on the chain) and as I lined up for a third attempt Mark, the skipper of Sanctuary, dinghied by and mentioned that the holding here was notoriously bad so I decided to go with what I knew and head to Falmouth for the night. I anchored out in the almost empty harbour - the end of race week signals the mass exodus of boats, and went ashore to clear out and also take some pictures of a boat named Paradise Flycatcher for an acquaintance. The yacht is on the hard at Slipways, which is a mere 100 yards across from English Harbour but the ferry service was no longer running so I managed to catch a ride from some sailors on a dinghy to get there, and then Mark serendipitously came by when I was looking for a way back so it all turned out good in the end.
I had dinner ashore, the selection of places was greatly diminished as many had closed for the season, including my normal hangout at the Loose Mongoose but I had an excellent meal next door and, sated, made it back to the boat.

Tip of Green Island The tip of Green Island in Antigua, showing the typical undercut rock formations
(2011-05-10 11:03:13 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/800s] ISO 125 Focus ∞)
[17°4'16.74"N 61°40'35.22"W (facing SE)]
Tip of Green Island
Departing Green Island anchorage Sailing Zanshin downwind from the anchorage at Green Island in Antigua
(2011-05-10 11:03:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/2000s] ISO 125 Focus ∞)
[17°4'19.1"N 61°40'32.33"W (facing NE)]
Departing Green Island anchorage
Swell and abandoned construction Waves pounding ashore next to two metal turrets that look like they've rusted solid.
(2011-05-10 11:12:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 125 Focus ∞)
[17°3'42.3"N 61°40'20.63"W (facing SW)]
Swell and abandoned construction
Big swell on Antigua Some big waves were slamming against the cliffs of southern Antigua as I sailed past this day.
(2011-05-10 12:11:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[17°1'57.57"N 61°40'45.81"W (facing W)]
Big swell on Antigua
Little dive boat and big waves The dive boat had a hard time fighting against the waves this day.
(2011-05-10 12:10:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[17°1'40.14"N 61°41'18.87"W (facing NW)]
Little dive boat and big waves
Paradise Flycatcher I had a request to look at and take some pictures of this boat on the hard at Slipways, across from the docks at English Harbour.
(2011-05-10 15:20:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/400s] ISO 100 Focus 2.00m)
[17°0'26.92"N 61°45'45.55"W (facing E)]
Paradise Flycatcher
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