Today's races started in Simpson Bay with destination of Marigot on the French side. After starting our various classes at approximately the same location as on the previous day, we motored behind, past and through the sailboats in order to arrive inside Marigot bay in time to set up the start line for the second set of races that day. That work went efficiently and soon we'd completed our tasks for the day and the crew went swimming and lounged around the boat and the odd can or two of the sponsor's beverages were opened while I could only watch - but today was my absolute last day of antibiotics so I only needed to wait another day before I, too, could join the ranks of alcoholized personnel!
In the mid-afternoon we got a taxi ride in the pin boat back to the Dutch side through the lagoon and once I was back aboard I switched off and didn't do much at all for the rest of the day and night. I got a visit from Alex and his girlfriend who came by on a sea kayak and we chatted for a bit while the radio station played a solid 2 hour set of the Grateful Dead in the background, and by the time they were ready to go it was dark so I gave them a lift back to the beach area where they started from. It seems that all of us on the boat were rather tired and everyone (except the young'uns) retired relatively early. Since the big party was on the French side in Marigot the anchorage in Simpson Bay was comparatively quiet.
The following night would see the big party on the beach of the anchorage in Simpson Bay and when they did the sound check on the sound system I think that the noise physically moved my boat away from the beach - which told me that I should go find my earplugs before tomorrow night!

Dinghies lined up in a row Since dinghies cause drag and are not needed during the races, the ones from the charter companies have been herded together and locked in place in the lagoon.
(2014-03-08 07:31:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Dinghies lined up in a row
Customs and Immigration inspection One of the boats, a new arrival with Q-Flag, in the anchorage being thouroughly inspected during the afternoon hours.
(2014-03-08 16:49:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Customs and Immigration inspection
After the race, going swimming After the hectic pace of the starts many of the crew went swimming in the clear waters off Marigot.
(2014-03-08 14:11:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
After the race, going swimming
Alex and starfish Alex dived down to 30 feet and brought up some starfish for our viewing pleasure, then placed them back as they land upside-down if merely dropped.
(2014-03-08 14:09:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Alex and starfish
Rounding a mark Racers going past one of the marks on the racecourse.
(2014-03-08 11:21:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Rounding a mark
Preparing for the races Briefing and drawing the board in preparation for the day's first races.
(2014-03-08 09:01:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Preparing for the races
Checking the wind Our Race officers checking the wind direction and strength with low-tech tools (which need no batteries) in order to determine the day's start line.
(2014-03-08 09:01:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Checking the wind
Racers rounding Marigot Racers ahead of us as we round the headland and head in for Marigot.
(2014-03-08 11:18:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Racers rounding Marigot
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