Today I joined the ranks of boats leaving Falmouth Harbour. I dinghied ashore, walked from Falmouth to Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour and cleared out of Antigua (for the following day) with destination St. Martin. I had to pay a mooring fee for Falmouth and exit fees but I'd used the eSeaClear system online before going to customs so the forms were printed out quickly and I signed all the copies instead of having to fill them out many times. There wasn't much going on since most boats had left and even fewer were expected to clear in and the cashier had to be called on the phone so that she would come into the office and so that I could complete clearance.
I had a nice downwind and crosswind sail to my overnight anchorage destination at Deep Bay and arrived in time to finish anchoring just as the sun set. A light dinner and sundowners later I watched a movie (I'm still working my way through the collection from Rocking B) and then sat on the deck looking at the stars until it was time to sleep.

Actual offices in Nelson's Dockyard Nelson's Dockyard is a museum, but it is also still a working yard with actual sailmakers and chandlers plus dockage and this office to clear into and out of the country. I am sure that many tourists mistakenly walk in and think that this is part of the museum.
(2014-05-04 11:23:49 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Actual offices in Nelson's Dockyard
Careening pulleys Ropes attached to the big ships and to these pulley would be used to careen them, or pull them out of the water.
(2014-05-04 11:29:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Careening pulleys
Nelson's Pillars These restored pillars at Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua were used to secure and careen ships.
(2014-05-04 11:35:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Nelson's Pillars
Wooden beauty This modern wooden beauty made quite an impression among the steel, fiberglass and aluminum yachts at the docks.
(2014-05-04 12:44:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Wooden beauty
Bad depth reading The depth surprised me - since I was anchored in less than 20 feet of water I knew something was wrong. I dove on the boat with a cloth and cleaned it of debris, then it worked correctly again.
(2014-05-04 14:01:00 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Bad depth reading
Optis training in Falmouth The Antigua Yacht Club youth program trains in Falmouth on these Optis and the young sailors are very good indeed.
(2014-05-04 14:28:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Optis training in Falmouth
Antigua South Coast View of the shoreline as I sail along the south coast of Antigua.
(2014-05-04 16:56:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Antigua South Coast
 
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