Today was spent sailing from the BVI to St. Martin.
I had set the alarm for 03:00 but woke up around 00:30 and decided I might as well get underway since the conditions in the weather forecast never really matched those in reality. The conditions seemed nice, with a waning almost full moon and few scattered clouds the wind in the North Sound was light so I motored out of the channel and past Neckar and Prickly Pear islands to find that the seas were as predicted, 1.5 meters or so in a long swell which only had me slamming a couple of waves every 10 or so minutes. But the wind, despite being only 10 knots, was right on the nose of the boat so I didn't bother putting up a sail (it would just flap around all night) and motored to St. Martin doing about 6.5 knots according to the GPS on average. It was a 13 hour trip, my fastest ever and also the longest continuous time that I'd run the engine without any sails up!
I chilled a bit on board after arriving and then proceeded to go ashore for a bit of food. It was still early so I headed into Calmos Café and had two of their Tapas (Goat cheese mousse with toasted baguette bread, Beef skewers) and remember why I like going to France so much! The band started up for some Reggae entertainment but I was still tired from the passage (despite having napped a large part of it) so I headed back to the boat.

20 miles out to sea birds I think that they'd followed a small motor fishing boat and when that didn't bring them any food they followed me for a bit, then gave up in disgust and flew off elsewhere.
(2014-01-19 11:09:44 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
20 miles out to sea birds
Grand Case landing view The view I'm accustomed to in Grand Case with the late afternoon arrival of the Air Caraibes flight.
(2014-01-19 17:15:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Grand Case landing view
Steel square rigger As I passed, the crew was swinging off a rope attached to the to of the forward mast and getting some serious air-time before landing in the water.
(2014-01-19 17:15:53 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Steel square rigger
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