On the spur of the moment I thought I'd sail up to Anegada today and anchor in Pomato Point, as the weather seems to have settled. I departed and had a great sail to Anegada, with the wind directly on the beam and with 1 reef in both sails I was doing a very comfortable 8 knots all the way. I dropped sails outside of the markers and then slowly motored into Pomato Point, avoiding the reefs on the left and right. The sun was high in the sky so it was easy to see, but in the end I was in 10 feet of water, with just 2 feet indicated under the keel. I anchored and dove on it (plus to check if I really had 2 feet). The fathometer has about a foot of leeway but I didn't feel comfortable where I was (plus the swell rolled around the corner) particularly as I didn't know the state of the tide. If my 2 feet disappeared (it could have been a spring tide due to the full moon) then I would have no way out of the anchorage so I broke the record for the shortest Anegada stay, making an espresso after drying off from the dive and then I proceeded to carefully motor out of the anchorage until the water depth was 20 feet once again, then set sail and almost made the channel entrance on one tack. This time I anchored off Leverick Bay and I'll head in tonight for the Happy 'Arrrr show by Michael Beans and a good pizza or burger. I don't understand the herd instinct with anchoring, I made sure to anchor far away from the mooring field and then a powercat (basically a catamaran without the mast) came in and dropped their hook right beside me; although there's tons of room in the anchorage. I don't think they set enough chain, either; I'm in 20 feet and they couldn't have put out more than 50 feet of chain, if that much. At least if they drag it will be away from me.
After returning from Happy Hour I see my neighbours belong to this year's “in” group with lit running lights. When we swing in the same direction our separation is no more than 20 feet so I can hear their conversation, which is rich in expletives... despite it being dark I think I might change position. Instead of changing position, I pulled the dinghy up to the starboard side to act as a cushion should our boats get too close together.
I finished watching the movie on my notebook and then sat and watched the moon slowly traverse up the night sky before repairing to bed at a respectable hour for a boatie - 22:30.

Sunrise in the North Sound I don't see too many sunrises, so had to photograph this one with the sun rising behind the Bitter End Yacht Club.
(2014-01-16 07:05:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Sunrise in the North Sound
Passing Nikita Passing the sailboat Nikita on the way to Anegada. Despite having reefs in my sails, this wasn't much of a feat since Nikita only had the genoa up and no mainsail.
(2014-01-16 10:44:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Passing Nikita
Approaching Anegada The island of Anegada is very flat and difficult to see until quite close; and is surrounded by reefs that hold over 300 known wrecks.
(2014-01-16 11:44:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Approaching Anegada
Anchored in 1.7 feet at Pomato Point I'm not too happy about the depth reading here, and I'm not as far into the anchorage as I would like to be, either - the waves are still a bit rough out there.
(2014-01-16 12:37:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Anchored in 1.7 feet at Pomato Point
Pomato Point depth I only have 2 feet under the keel at the Pomato Point anchorage in the BVI, so I opted to weigh anchor and depart in case this was the spring tide top depth.
(2014-01-16 12:37:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Pomato Point depth
Departing Anegada After my very short stay in Anegada (I only made time for a coffee) I'm on my way back to the North Sound.
(2014-01-16 13:21:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Departing Anegada
Kitesurfing off Mosquito Island Kitesurfing between Leverick and Mosquito Island.
(2014-01-16 16:15:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Kitesurfing off Mosquito Island
Close neighbour at anchor This power cat anchored right next to me, despite the anchorage being completely open. This is at the far range of their swinging, when the two boats swing close there was less than 30 feet between us.
(2014-01-16 16:18:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Close neighbour at anchor
Mosquito Island This island belongs to Sir Richard Branson and they are constructing an Eco-Resort on it. His catamaran, the Neckar Belle, can be seen anchored off the island.
(2014-01-16 16:14:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Mosquito Island
Michael Beans Happy Arrrr show Michael doing his Happy Arrr show at Leverick.
(2014-01-16 17:30:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/15s] ISO 100)
Michael Beans Happy Arrrr show
Moonrise over Prickly Pear The full moon rising over Prickly Pear with the lights of boats, Saba Rock and The Bitter End Yacht Club on the right.
(2014-01-16 18:48:09 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/8s] ISO 2500)
Moonrise over Prickly Pear
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