I feel like I overslept today, I didn't wake up until 07:30; the longest sleep I've had in quite a while. Suitably refreshed I made some coffee and processed the pictures from the previous day and updated my blog entry (offline, since I have no internet connectivity in this anchorage). I'm writing this at 08:30 and still have to wait 30 minutes before getting into my dinghy and motoring all the way into town so that I can do my clearance and, hopefully, stock up on emergency beer and wine supplies. I think I'll head across to Guadeloupe proper after clearing in and will go do one more dive at Pigeon Island; but that depends upon the conditions there. Here at this anchorage the waters are crystal clear, last night I could see the bottom clearly from the calm waters at the surface at 30 feet of depth, so if Pigeon Island visibility is anything close it will be a fantastic dive, or perhaps even 2 dives.
I went into town for emergency supplies (Corsair beer) and to clear into Guadeloupe. The coffee shop opened at 9AM and I was there at 09:15 but I was already 4th in line. I noticed the name emblazoned on the skipper's shirt who was in front of me, and as captain of Milk & Honey he told me that they only had 7 crew and 2 guests so luckily it wasn't going to be a very long wait. The person at the keyboard doing his clearance was a bedraggled and bearded single-hander and it seemed to me that he'd never seen a computer or keyboard before, as he was excruciatingly slow in typing his entry. While waiting I saw Jan and Richard from Morpheus of London, who I had last seen the previous season (or perhaps the one before that) aboard a chartered Jeanneau 54 that was having a big party - I think everyone knew each other from an online forum and most had met in person for the first time while aboard. They had just come up from St. Lucia and we chatted to pass the time, which now seemed to speed up and I was soon typing away. I've gotten pretty fast at the French computer program and despite being handicapped by the convoluted keyboard I was soon finished and off to my boat, emergency beer supplies in hand.
I departed at 10:30 but it soon became clear that diving wasn't going to happen that day as the passage speed was only about 5-6 knots and Pigeon Island was a loooong ways away. I did get some nice bursts of speed with the fickle and changing winds, but after passing Basseterre the winds shifted and I had a headwind so I switched on the iron genny and motored the rest of the way to Deshaies in the north of Guadeloupe. I saw that the anchorage at Pigeon Island looked rolly and uncomfortable, otherwise I would have stayed there for the night. I arrived in Deshaies at around 17:00 and managed to get a bit of things at the supermarket before heading to Golightly an Island Packet 370 with Les and Jeremie aboard - with the 4 from Katzenellenbogen and myself aboard it was tight but not crowded. We had some of the best appetizers as snacks and I went home well sated afterwards.

Supplies for Zanshin Emergency rations of Corsaire about to be loading on the Zandinghy.
(2014-04-14 10:19:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Supplies for Zanshin
Le Bourg looking at Guadeloupe Looking towards the cloudy hills of Guadeloupe from the anchorage at Le Bourg
(2014-04-14 10:19:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Le Bourg looking at Guadeloupe
Fishermen in Guadeloupe This small pirogue called "Champagne" with 3 fishermen is in the rough waters between Guadeloupe and Iles des Saintes
(2014-04-14 11:59:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Fishermen in Guadeloupe
Sailing towards Guadeloupe Sailing in the passage between Iles des Saintes and Guadeloupe proper, here I'm in calmer waters that turn rougher as I get closer to Guadeloupe.
(2014-04-14 11:59:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Sailing towards Guadeloupe
Vieux Fort Lighthouse This lighthouse is called Vieux Fort (old fort) and is at the southwestern tip of the main island of Guadeloupe.
(2014-04-14 12:39:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Vieux Fort Lighthouse
Val' Ferry to Les Iles des Saintes Speeding along in the sheltered lee of Guadeloupe, the passengers are going to be shocked when they hit the notoriously rough waters between the islands - they are about 1KM shy of the very sharp line between calm and rough waters.
(2014-04-14 12:41:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Val' Ferry to Les Iles des Saintes
At least he won't drag anchor This small powerboat on the rocks wasn't there when I passed by two weeks ago. I wonder what happened and how it ended up perfectly level on the rocks.
(2014-04-14 16:07:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/400s] ISO 250)
At least he won't drag anchor
Pigeon Island gap The blue and azure colors only give a hint as to the charms this site offers underwater.
(2014-04-14 15:15:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Pigeon Island gap
Les Saintes dock big Panorama Big and wide dockside panorama in the Saintes.
(2014-04-14 10:19:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Les Saintes dock big Panorama
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