The anchorage at Guana Island is very calm, but the little gusts of breeze that do come through do so from all directions and I think that Zanshin spun around a couple of times during the night; luckily I do have a spinner joint between chain and anchor to take care of that problem. The seas looked very calm but when I motored around Monkey Point and prepared to raise sails I saw that the winds were in actuality pretty strong and I had 3 reefs in both sails and was still making good upwind speed as I headed for the distant Virgin Gorda and the North Sound. It took a long time to beat upwind, taking waves over the bow (those waves weren't predicted, either) but the boat was perfectly balanced and most of the time I merely set the wheel lock and let her take care of herself. I've been sailing without the autopilot most of the time, mainly to get a feel for the boat again but also to practice for that time when the autopilot might fail on me during passage and when I don't have the time to install the spare.
In the North Sound I anchored in my favorite location off Prickly Pear. The strong current makes the boat point straight into the wind and there is hardly and “sailing” at anchor as there is elsewhere and, apart from the occasional wake from the Saba Rock Ferry or other fast-moving work boats, it is a very solid anchorage and sometimes one can imagine being on terra firma rather than on water.
I went to Saba Rock for happy hour and instead of ordering a meal there I returned to the boat and made the rest of my pasta for dinner.

Lady G delivering concrete moorings The Lady G with a load of 2 concrete blocks to be used for moorings.
(2014-01-14 10:32:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Lady G delivering concrete moorings
Seaquest at 20 knots The AIS confirmed that Sequest was doing 20 knots against the wind and waves while headed to the North Sound. I was sailing, so arrived at least 1:30 after them despite being pretty close to the channel entrance.
(2014-01-14 12:45:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Seaquest at 20 knots
Bitter End Hobie cat races The Bitter End Yacht Club holds frequent Hobie cat races in the lighter afternoon winds of the North Sound on Virgin Gorda.
(2014-01-14 15:56:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Bitter End Hobie cat races
Tall and Classic ships plus a Hobie cat Three types, and generations, of sailing seen at one time in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.
(2014-01-14 16:39:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Tall and Classic ships plus a Hobie cat
Hobie and the distant YCCS marina A Bitter End Yacht Club hobie in the north sound with the distant megayacht facility YCCS; plus a couple of big sailing yachts.
(2014-01-14 15:41:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Hobie and the distant YCCS marina
Saba feeding time The daily feeding frenzy for the tarpon at 5pm attracts a crowd; while I sit comfortably at the bar.
(2014-01-14 17:04:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Saba feeding time
Josie mixing happy hour drinks The busy happy hour rush is almost over, but Josie is busy manufacturing Painkiller and Rum Punches for the thirsty punters.
(2014-01-14 17:44:16 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/5s] ISO 400)
Josie mixing happy hour drinks
What's for dinner? The catch of the day is paraded before becoming the main course of the day.
(2014-01-14 17:45:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/13s] ISO 400)
What's for dinner?
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