The problem with going to sleep so early is that one tends to wake up too early, making it feel less like vacation and more like work. The conditions in Grand Case aren't amenable to long sleep at the moment, with the northerly component to the big 2 meter swell washing around the headland and making for a pretty rolly, and consequently empty, anchorage. But get up early I did and listened to the morning VHF cruisers network before doing some work on the computer. The showers coming through mean that I have to open and close the hatches all the time and the weather doesn't look like it is going to change much today. If that remains the case I'll do another dive at Creole Rock later on in the day and finish the LED installation in the cockpit. One of my crimped connections is flaky despite looking acceptable and I will have to replace that sooner rather than later.
I went ashore after lunchtime to say hello to Chris and Sally and get some bread from the bakery, but it turned out they were off for the afternoon and the one bakery had no fresh bread left while the other remained closed after lunch, so I repaired back to the boat and did some maintenance work, getting the LED working correctly again and doing some stainless polishing forward until the sun set and I took out my last steak and let it marinate for a bit before throwing it on the barbie. The steak needed eating and I'll sample the nighttime and gustatorial pleasures of Grand Case on the morrow.

Rainy Days aboard Another shower passes through the Grand Case anchorage in the afternoon and forces me to shut all the hatches.
(2014-02-01 12:30:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Rainy Days aboard
Elegant motor-cat lines of Clouds The Powercat named Clouds looks very elegant (for a powerboat).
(2014-02-01 12:10:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Elegant motor-cat lines of Clouds
Jetskis zipping in Grand Case While they looked like they were having fun, some of their fast passes were between the anchored boats, with people swimming in the water!
(2014-02-01 12:09:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Jetskis zipping in Grand Case
Air Caraibes landing at Grand Case The shuttle turboprop from Air Caraibes on final approach over the roofs of Grand Case before touching down on the runway.
(2014-02-01 12:22:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Air Caraibes landing at Grand Case
Zanshin in Grand Case Zanshin anchored off Grand Case with Anguilla in the distance.
(2014-02-01 14:27:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Zanshin in Grand Case
Grand Case Dinghy Dock The old concrete dinghy dock at Grand Case in St. Martin has not been changed, fixed or updated in many years and only has a couple of places to attach painters.
(2014-02-01 14:27:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Grand Case Dinghy Dock
What's wrong with this? The dinghy on the right has its engine tilted. This is unecessary here and can cause damage (up to a puncture) to other dinghies or the sharp prop can cut people. My dinghy is behind this idiot and I could see the prop hitting mine...
(2014-02-01 15:00:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
What's wrong with this?
Hovering pipefish This guy was hovering about 4 feet from my bow, regardless of how much the boat was moving around at anchor.
(2014-02-01 16:27:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Hovering pipefish
Grand case beach Grand case beach
(2014-02-01 16:27:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Grand case beach
Normal sailboat and big power yacht Normal sailboat and big power yacht
(2014-02-01 17:43:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Normal sailboat and big power yacht
LED Strip repaired The LED strip wiring is now working again after I replaced a badly crimped connector.
(2014-02-01 17:43:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
LED Strip repaired
Clouds moved in at sunset What promised to become a nice sunset changed when clouds moved in front of the setting sun.
(2014-02-01 17:54:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Clouds moved in at sunset
Grand Case panorama - Beach view A panorama of Grand Case seen from the beach
(2014-02-01 14:28:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/2500s] ISO 100)
Grand Case panorama - Beach view
Grand Case panorama from the boat A composite panorama shot from Zanshin of the Grand Case anchorage.
(2014-02-01 16:26:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/4000s] ISO 100)
Grand Case panorama from the boat
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