At 03:00 the winds died and Zanshin frequently found herself abeam to the incoming swell, making even the starfish position in bed difficult to maintain without sliding around. While I did get some sleep after the winds stopped, it wasn't deep sleep and I wasn't rested at all in the morning. But I finally had a busy and action packed day - a welcome change from the sedentary lifestyle of the past week. Our early-morning 07:00 dive ahead of the crowds turned into a 09:30 dive, since Katzenellenbogen had gone out of the anchorage early to trawl for fish and didn't return until somewhat past dive time. But they took a mooring ball and picked me (and the dive equipment) up via dinghy and dove straight off the back of the catamaran to find a lot of flora and fauna in 30 feet. We swam along the steep sides of the island and I understand why Jacques Cousteau ranked this as one of his favourite dive sites in the world.
After the dive we headed off towards Les Îles des Saintes in mixed sailing conditions. The wind was coming from the west (back winded) for most of the trip along the coastline of Guadeloupe, but it was weak and variable so I motorsailed at 1200RPM with sails up (two reefs in the main, one in the genoa) because I knew that the winds would pipe up significantly during the trip. Once close to the southern part of the island one could see a demarcation line between calm seas and whitecaps, and once Zanshin reached that point the wind turned and strengthened to 20 knots true (26 indicated) and I turned off the engine and enjoyed a long sail out to sea and tacking twice to reach the sheltered anchorage in the Saintes.
Katzenellenbogen and I arrived at roughly the same time (they motorsailed much of the way) just as the sun was setting and I anchored in 50 feet with 200 feet of chain out, while Katz found a spot closer to shore. I was invited over for a dinner using rice wraps, chicken and assorted condiments and spices that was very nice and novel. After dinner I went back home and immediately fell asleep, since the day had been long and I hadn't slept enough the night before.

Katzenellenbogen chasing me Sailing between Guadeloupe and the Saintes our courses crossed several times.
(2014-03-31 17:11:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Katzenellenbogen chasing me
Katzenellenbogen on AIS Katzenellenbogen on my AIS display
(2014-03-31 14:03:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Katzenellenbogen on AIS
Calm in the lee of Guadeloupe Pigeon Island in the distance, I'm motoring with the sails up and making only 5-6 knots with 1200RPM
(2014-03-31 14:00:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Calm in the lee of Guadeloupe
 
Reef life The reef and sea bottom off Pigeon Island abound with both flora and fauna.
(2014-03-31 09:53:35 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Reef life
Rock Beauty Rock Beauty
(2014-03-31 10:31:29 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Rock Beauty
Jacques Cousteau The underwater bust of Jacques Cousteau, honoring his work and representative of his giving this dive site mention.
(2014-03-31 09:56:29 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Jacques Cousteau
Jacques and Arnd Posing with my good friend Jacques.
(2014-03-31 10:37:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Jacques and Arnd
Porcupinefish Porcupinefish
(2014-03-31 10:06:30 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Porcupinefish
Bigeye in the  coral Bigeye in the coral
(2014-03-31 10:06:51 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Bigeye in the coral
Chasing a photo op Michaela and Tayne chasing their unwilling photo-op
(2014-03-31 10:07:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Chasing a photo op
Michaela blowing air-rings Michaela demonstrating how to blow perfectly round air-bubbles while we wait for our 3-minute safety stop time to finish.
(2014-03-31 10:46:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Michaela blowing air-rings
Sponges and divers Sponges and divers
(2014-03-31 10:15:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Sponges and divers
Yellowtail snapper Yellowtail snapper
(2014-03-31 10:21:11 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Yellowtail snapper
Smooth Trunkfish Smooth Trunkfish
(2014-03-31 10:23:24 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Smooth Trunkfish
Wall at Pigeon Island Wall at Pigeon Island
(2014-03-31 10:29:00 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Wall at Pigeon Island
Yellowtail Parrotfish Yellowtail Parrotfish
(2014-03-31 09:54:53 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Yellowtail Parrotfish
Trunkfish A Trunkfish hovering around us.
(2014-03-31 10:01:34 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Trunkfish
Whitespotted Filefish Whitespotted Filefish
(2014-03-31 10:08:03 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Whitespotted Filefish
Trumpetfish hunting vertically When the hang vertically suspended like this they are said to be hunting.
(2014-03-31 10:31:00 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Trumpetfish hunting vertically
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