Since I'd gone to sleep far too early the night before, I woke up at 7am, just before a couple of work boats went by with a big wake that slapped and shook the hull. I connected to the internet to see what CNN and BBC had to say about the world events (I was pleased to read that piracy around Somalia has gone down 40% recently!) and edited and uploaded my pictures from the day before. It is now 12:30 and I didn't realize where all the time had gone until I started remembering all the little tasks that add up:

  • Clean up pasta mess from the night before
  • Make coffee with frothed milk (repeated as necessary)
  • Identify and tie down slapping halyard
  • Re-load music to iPod (still in progress, takes about 2 hours)
  • Open up instrument panel and install the Clipper NAVTEX antenna upright and fasten it
  • Clean up behind panel and think about re-bedding the stanchions as there is a bit of salt water ingress
  • Attach the microphone of the SSB permanently in place
  • Attach the handheld Icom VHF holder and charger permanently to the instrument panel
  • Do the dishes from breakfast
  • Surf my standard web forums
  • Do the daily e-mail

  • There are more tasks upcoming, but first I'll go outside and get some sunshine and perhaps see if I can afford a loaf of bread at the Bitter End Yacht Club store.
  • Run generator, make water, heat water, use power to boil eggs
  • Use water from boiling and cooling eggs in a pail with Mr. Clean for quick wash of main cabin walls and floor
  • Fix starboard curtain
  • Surf the web
  • Try to edit the big pictures of the cabin into a panorama
  • Soak up some sunshine on deck

  • By the time all that was done, it was shortly before 5 and I took a quick shower, changed into long pants and dinghied back to Saba Rock for some happy hour libations and their tasty beef tacos at the bar. The daily tarpon feeding was a bit late, but I managed to get a couple of pictures of that event as well. When it was time to order dinner I saw that they'd kept the fish tacos on the menu but replaced the classic beef tacos with some vegetarian ones, so I opted to make dinner on the boat after all.
    Tonight was a full moon, which also explained why Saba Rock was relatively empty since most of the crowds would be at Trellis Bay or the Bomba Shack for their big parties. I tried to get some pictures but clouds moved in and later it also rained a bit, making photography impossible. I ended up watching The Fifth Element, an older Sci-fi movie with Bruce Willis and Milla Jo....vich (I can't recall her exact name) but before it was finished my eyes were closing on me and I went off to sleep.

    Racing through the anchorage Boats such as this zip through the anchorage, leaving a large and bothersome wake, starting at 7am and ending at dusk.
    (2014-01-15 16:15:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
    Racing through the anchorage
    Majestic tall ship There's something elegant about these tall ships, they evoke a sense of nostalgia and if I ever were to go on a cruise it would on some form of sailing ship such as this one.
    (2014-01-15 16:07:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
    Majestic tall ship
    Saba feeding the tarpon The daily 5pm feeding of the tarpon and other fish off the dock at Saba Rock in the Virgin Gorda North Sound always draws a crowd.
    (2014-01-15 17:23:50 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/200s] ISO 100)
    Saba feeding the tarpon
    Full moon peeking from the clouds The full moon is hiding behind the clouds at sunset, with Saba Rock just visible to the right.
    (2014-01-15 18:14:10 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/25s] ISO 800)
    Full moon peeking from the clouds
    North Sound Panorama 1 North Sound Panorama 1
    (2014-01-15 12:58:13 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
    North Sound Panorama 1
    North Sound Panorama 2 North Sound Panorama 2
    (2014-01-15 12:58:33 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
    North Sound Panorama 2
    North Sound Panorama 3 North Sound Panorama 3
    (2014-01-15 12:58:55 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
    North Sound Panorama 3
    Zanshin Galley Panorama Zanshin Galley Panorama
    (2014-01-15 15:29:46 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
    Zanshin Galley Panorama
    Zanshin salon panorama Zanshin salon panorama
    (2014-01-15 15:29:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
    Zanshin salon panorama
    Zanshin Nav Station Panorama Zanshin Nav Station Panorama
    (2014-01-15 15:30:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/30s] ISO 100)
    Zanshin Nav Station Panorama
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