I didn't get going until 10:30 in morning, but I thought that with the winds at 15 knots I'd make good time towards my initial interim goal of Nevis, but what I'd neglected to consider was the southerly component to the wind which made my proposed passage almost dead downwind. The winds settled a bit as well and this turned out to be a slow passage, for Caribbean standards, with speeds around 4-6 knots. I sailed towards Redonda at first with the wind about 20° off the stern but with the swell this made for some uncomfortable rolling and sail-banging so I switched to wing-on-wing for a couple of hours to make some way and to change the wind angle for the final stretch to the island. I rigged a preventer to the main but since I didn't have a pole for the genoa sail I couldn't to anything to ensure that the foresail would stay taut.
Once I approached the shoreline to Nevis things got difficult, as they always do there. The depth went from thousands of feet to less than 100 and suddenly I found myself in fish trap territory again and had to play dodge-em with some very cleverly disguised camouflage fish trap (dark green / dark blue) and the local fisherman had thought of a clever variation as well. Instead of the two floats connected with about 2 feet of line, they'd stretched that to a good 20 or more feet. Upon sighting a floating ball, it was now difficult to ascertain in which direction to swerve as the second ball was often not visible. But, in the end, I made it through the minefield and managed to pick up a mooring just as dusk turned to full dark; but as there was no wind this wasn't particularly difficult.

Departing Antigua On passage from Antigua to Nevis the shores of Antigua are left to starboard.
(2011-05-11 11:24:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/16.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Departing Antigua
Pulling the dinghy Pulling the dinghy behind Zanshin off the shore of Antigua
(2011-05-11 10:52:51 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1250s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Pulling the dinghy
Broad reaching off Antigua On passage from Antigua to Nevis I'm leaving the coasts of Antigua on a broad reach.
(2011-05-11 10:50:44 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1000s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
Broad reaching off Antigua
Genoa fully extended The Genoa is let out completely and loose with the wind coming from directly aft on this passage from Antigua to Nevis (still below the horizon)
(2011-05-11 14:04:46 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.33m)
Genoa fully extended
Mainsail let out With the wind from directly behind, the mainsail is let out and loosened to catch as much wind as possible.
(2011-05-11 14:05:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Mainsail let out
Sailing Wing-on-Wing With the wind from directly aft, Zanshin is sailing wing-on-wing on passage between Antigua and Nevis
(2011-05-11 14:06:10 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 2.00m)
Sailing Wing-on-Wing
Goodbye Antigua On passage to Nevis, Antigua is left on the horizon.
(2011-05-11 14:07:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 2.24m)
Goodbye Antigua
Zanshin Sails On passage from Antigua to Nevis, the wind is from aft and Zanshin is sailing with the genoa on one side and the main on the other, wing-on-wing.
(2011-05-11 14:13:48 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus 1.33m)
Zanshin Sails
Sailboat clawing off Redonda A distant sailboat heading upwind toward Antigua off the rocky coast of the Kingdom of Redonda.
(2011-05-11 14:07:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Sailboat clawing off Redonda
Redonda (Kingdom of) While on passage from Antigua to Nevis I left the rocky slopes of the Kingdom of Redonda far to my port.
(2011-05-11 16:49:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Redonda (Kingdom of)
Empty dinghy trailing Zanshin The dinghy has been emptied of all contents and is being pulled on a 75 foot line behind Zanshin on passage.
(2011-05-11 16:49:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100 Focus 21.10m)
Empty dinghy trailing Zanshin
Approaching Nevis The chartplotter shows the quickly-changing depths on the approach to the southern shores of Nevis.
(2011-05-11 16:49:38 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.00m)
Approaching Nevis
Distant Nevis The clouds surrounding the peak of Nevis make the island easy to locate at a distance.
(2011-05-11 16:50:38 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 1.68m)
Distant Nevis
Cloudforest on Nevis The setting sun highlights the cloudforest overlooking the island of Nevis.
(2011-05-11 18:10:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Cloudforest on Nevis
Nevisian Sunset A gold sunset which I wish I'd seen from an anchorage rather than while sailing in fish-trap infested waters.
(2011-05-11 18:28:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Nevisian Sunset
Small tanker at anchor I passed this brightly-lit tanker off the shores of Nevis as the sun set.
(2011-05-11 18:40:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/15s] ISO 400 Focus ∞)
Small tanker at anchor
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