The night at anchor off Tintamarre was quite rolly indeed, with longer periods of stable conditions punctuated by several rolling motions, the first two are moderate and then a couple that go almost gunwale to gunwale and then slowly settle back to stillness for several minutes and then cycling. I woke up a couple of times and don't think I slept too deeply as I'm tired this morning, but it wasn't really a bad night, just not a good one. Perhaps the new moon and heavy steak that I had for dinner the night before had something to do with it. One of the 3 other boats left during the night and the remaining two are going through the same motions that I am.
I'm going to wait a bit and then see about doing at least one dive on the tugboat wreck before returning to either Grand Case or Marigot for an evening that is hopefully more settled than here. I have the new LED monitor set up so that I can edit the pictures from yesterday to add to the site, but every couple of minutes I have to hold it down to ensure it doesn't succumb to gravity and crash to the floorboards. Around 11AM I got my act together and put the diving gear into the dinghy despite the rolling and motored out and across to the mooring ball over the tugboat wreck dive site. The waves were pretty high and the long swell had me worried that visibility would be bad and that there might be some strong surge down below, but the conditions were great and I was greeted by a puffer fish which disappeared before I could get a picture but then immediately saw a spotted moray swimming around the wreck. The dive was a lot of fun, it was deep enough at 50 feet to really count as a dive (the Creole Rock and Turtle Reef sites are only 20-30 feet deep) while still being very easy since the mooring ball is directly attached to the Samson post of the tugboat wreck.
Back aboard I cleaned the dive gear and debated editing the pictures, but the roll was quite uncomfortable so I made some sandwiches from the remains of the monster steak and then sailed back to Grand Case after consuming lunch and getting the boat ready to sail. The downwind sail under just the genoa was fun and reminded me of why I'm on a sailboat - I've got to get my act in gear and sail down-island soon! I anchored in Grand Case and napped a bit in the cockpit before attempting to concentrate on editing the pictures - from 219 photos I ended up with about 40 after two passes of removing duplicates, boring pictures, out-of-focus shots and over/underexposed ones. I'm getting better at taking shots, since the majority of the ones I discarded were duplicates or similar shots and merely boring ones rather than out-of-focus and badly exposed ones.

Spotted Moray A spotted moray eel swimming along the wreck, it soon found a suitable hiding place from both predators and camera.
(2014-02-15 11:30:50 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 200)
Spotted Moray
Tugboat porthole Looking through a porthole into and back out of the wreck.
(2014-02-15 11:31:03 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 200)
Tugboat porthole
Three sharknose Gobies in the coral Thre small gobies hovering close to and inside of the convoluted portions of the brain coral.
(2014-02-15 11:33:11 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Three sharknose Gobies in the coral
Spotted Goatfish staring A spotted goatfish on the bottom staring at me, probably trying to get me to go elsewhere and not bother it anymore.
(2014-02-15 11:33:37 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Spotted Goatfish staring
A pair of spotted Goatfish A pair of spotted Goatfish
(2014-02-15 11:53:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/800s] ISO 250)
A pair of spotted Goatfish
School of Jacks hovering over the wreck I believe that these are Jacks, but I haven't identified them absolutely yet.
(2014-02-15 11:52:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/1000s] ISO 250)
School of Jacks hovering over the wreck
Social Feather Duster A small group of feather duster worms growing on the topsides of the tugboat wreck.
(2014-02-15 11:39:13 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Social Feather Duster
Tugboat wreck Funnels and other items from the deck of the tugboat wreck.
(2014-02-15 11:46:01 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/250s] ISO 250)
Tugboat wreck
Christmas Tree Worms Three Christmas Tree worms working their way across a coral.
(2014-02-15 11:40:39 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 200)
Christmas Tree Worms
Tugboat encrustations Tugboat encrustations
(2014-02-15 11:57:50 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/250s] ISO 250)
Tugboat encrustations
Gray Angelfish A Gray Angelfish swimming along the topsides of the sunken tugboat wreck.
(2014-02-15 11:51:46 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/200s] ISO 250)
Gray Angelfish
Sergeant Major in the quadrant A Sergeant Major swimming through the remnants of the quadrant on the sunken tugboat off Ile Tintamarre.
(2014-02-15 11:45:18 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/250s] ISO 250)
Sergeant Major in the quadrant
Dolphins off Tintamarre While sailing back from Tintamarre to Grand Case under just the genoa and doing a liesurely 5 knots a small pod of dolphins cavorted around the boat for a bit, but the headed off elsewhere - most likely because the boat was moving far too slowly for them.
(2014-02-15 13:46:39 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Dolphins off Tintamarre
Dolphins off Tintamarre While sailing back from Tintamarre to Grand Case under just the genoa and doing a liesurely 5 knots a small pod of dolphins cavorted around the boat for a bit, but the headed off elsewhere - most likely because the boat was moving far too slowly for them.
(2014-02-15 13:46:00 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Dolphins off Tintamarre
Dolphins off Tintamarre While sailing back from Tintamarre to Grand Case under just the genoa and doing a liesurely 5 knots a small pod of dolphins cavorted around the boat for a bit, but the headed off elsewhere - most likely because the boat was moving far too slowly for them.
(2014-02-15 13:46:01 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Dolphins off Tintamarre
Dolphins off Tintamarre While sailing back from Tintamarre to Grand Case under just the genoa and doing a liesurely 5 knots a small pod of dolphins cavorted around the boat for a bit, but the headed off elsewhere - most likely because the boat was moving far too slowly for them.
(2014-02-15 13:46:01 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Dolphins off Tintamarre
Wide panorama of Tintamarre Taken with the long telephoto lens while sailing downwind from Tintamarre to Grand Case.
(2014-02-15 13:32:34 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Wide panorama of Tintamarre
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