I'm up at 7AM this morning and am disconcerted. I've been feeling fine since I stopped the antibiotics but this morning I have a bit of a stomach ache and am worried that this might be a precursor to getting a re-infection. My plans are still to clear out of St. Martin today and head to St. Barths and thence to Saba (weather permitting) and St. Kitts & Nevis but I really would prefer not to do a repeat of the previous visit! Perhaps it is just that, a bit of stomach ache, and it will clear up quickly.
After catching up on e-mail at the yacht club, I cleared out of the Dutch side with destination St. Barths. I was surprised to be hit with another $40 charge; it turns out that the anchorage outside Simpson Bay costs, and one pays for one week at a time and I'd stayed just longer than a week so was hit with another charge. They really do get you coming and going on the Dutch side, plus each time one goes through the bridge they get another $12 from me (luckily, I didn't use the bridge).
I sailed towards Île Fourchue with Katzenellenbogen but after about 30 minutes I realized that I'd lost my dinghy and turned around to search for it. I'd cleated it short this time rather than use a long tether and hadn't cleated it correctly and the force must have pulled it loose. I used the binoculars to search for it and finally saw it over a mile ahead and drifting sedately out towards the BVI. I dropped sail, grabbed the line with my boat hook and was soon underway sailing again, but I'd lost close to an hour and never made it up so Katzenellenbogen arrived an hour before me at the anchorage. The winds were light and there was no real swell so the sail was fun, under full sails I did between 5 and 8 knots but the last mile I turned on the engine because I would have had to tack at least twice to get to the island. I was met in the anchorage by Stephen on his dinghy and he helped me snag the last available mooring ball.
Soon the two younguns came over and the three of us went diving at my favourite site. We had a good and long 55 minute dive and saw a lot of different wildlife on the way. Afterwards I was invited aboard the boat and brought some of the Merguez sausage I'd gotten in St. Martin and shortly after 9PM I was back aboard, sated and tired and struggling to stay awake until a decent hour, but I didn't make it very long and was soon asleep.

Katzenellenbogen at sea Katzenellenbogen sailing between St. Martin and St. Barths.
(2014-03-14 11:03:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Katzenellenbogen at sea
Leaving Philipsburg behind Leaving the port of Philipsburg behind on my way to Ile Fourchue on St. Barths.
(2014-03-14 14:57:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Leaving Philipsburg behind
Waters off St. Martin Waters off St. Martin
(2014-03-14 14:58:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Waters off St. Martin
Mikaela waving Mikaela waving
(2014-03-14 16:21:11 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Mikaela waving
Great Barracuda hovering This one was sizing us up when we entered the water.
(2014-03-14 16:08:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.2, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Great Barracuda hovering
Lionfish Another dive site with Lionfish!
(2014-03-14 16:09:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.2, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Lionfish
Clear waters in Fourchue The waters were very clear today for the dive, allowing distance shots like this.
(2014-03-14 16:13:39 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Clear waters in Fourchue
Spiny Lobster This lobster only retreated when the flash went off.
(2014-03-14 16:15:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/15s] ISO 100)
Spiny Lobster
Chasing turtles Chasing turtles
(2014-03-14 16:54:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Chasing turtles
Baby turtle A small turtle foraging for food on the bottom was disturbed by us.
(2014-03-14 16:49:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Baby turtle
Bluehead Bluehead
(2014-03-14 16:48:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Bluehead
Doctorfish Doctorfish
(2014-03-14 16:48:19 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Doctorfish
Blue Chromis Blue Chromis
(2014-03-14 16:29:24 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Blue Chromis
Rock Beauty Rock Beauty
(2014-03-14 16:22:03 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/15s] ISO 100)
Rock Beauty
Checking air status Checking air status
(2014-03-14 16:21:08 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Checking air status
Southern Stingray Well-camoflaged Southern Stingray partially buried in the sand.
(2014-03-14 16:19:23 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Southern Stingray
Great Barracuda checking us out Great Barracuda hovering above Tan and checking us out. We probably sized up a bit too big for a meal.
(2014-03-14 16:42:54 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Great Barracuda checking us out
Orange phase of whitespotted Filefish Orange phase of whitespotted Filefish
(2014-03-14 16:27:23 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/10s] ISO 100)
Orange phase of whitespotted Filefish
   
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