Today is passage preparation day. The winds have settled and I hope that I'll have a good passage across to St. Martin. In the morning I was doing my e-mails when the Sunsail boat next to me started to weigh anchor, I fired up my engine and moved aside and as they were leaving I realized that they were probably doing the same thing as myself - waiting for the St. Martin weather window to open up. The two people aboard were much younger than the usual suspects aboard a charter vessel and the fact that they had hung around one spot without moving was indeed suspicious be ha vi our for the typical charter vessel. I wasn't planning on leaving until late that night and watched them head off towards Gun Creek to clear out.
I used the fast internet connection until just after noon, then followed the example of my neighbors and went over to Gun Creek, anchored there and proceeded to clear out of the BVI for St. Martin. The procedure went very quickly and after paying my 75¢ (for which they didn't have change) I was cleared to leave. I then motored to the other leeward side of Prickly Pear, close to the exit channel of the North Sound, and got the boat ready. This included getting the dinghy outboard engine dismounted and safely stored in the garage and otherwise ensuring that nothing aboard Zanshin would go “Bump” in the night.
At 18:00 I fired up the BBQ, grilled two Chorizo sausages which I downed with some bread and went to bed with my alarm set for 23:30.

Windguru weather chart The light green color for my Tuesday passage bodes well, if the weather report remains correct.
Windguru weather chart
View from the customs building in Gun Creek View from the lookout atop the roof of the ferry terminal building at Gun Creek looking towards Prickly Pear.
(2015-02-23 13:53:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 125)
View from the customs building in Gun Creek
Zanshin anchored at Gun Creek This anchorage isn't a good one due it it being exposed to the North Sound wind and swell, plus all of the small boat traffic going in and out. I stay there just long enough to clear out of customs and immigration and then depart.
(2015-02-23 13:53:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/40s] ISO 125)
Zanshin anchored at Gun Creek
Tohatsu outboard being stowed for passage While I drag my empty dinghy behind me on a long painter on passages, the outboard engine gets stowed in the garage.
(2015-02-23 15:51:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 125)
Tohatsu outboard being stowed for passage
Fisherman off Prickly Pear A long fisherman with a net about 100 feet long checks his catch off Prickly Pear island. I didn't see him get anything big out of the net, though and hope he has better luck next time.
(2015-02-23 15:18:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/200s] ISO 125)
Fisherman off Prickly Pear
De-Pickling the Spectra watermaker The watermaker gets filled with a solution containing various chemicals and biocides for storage, and this is part of the process to get it going again in preparation for use.
(2015-02-23 11:18:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/50s] ISO 500)
De-Pickling the Spectra watermaker
Star Clipper topsides The Star Clipper is one of the sailing cruise ships that visit the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the BVI.
(2015-02-23 13:08:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/250s] ISO 125)
Star Clipper topsides
Star Clipper in the BVI If I were to board a cruise ship, this type of schooner would certainly be a the top of the list.
(2015-02-23 13:08:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 125)
Star Clipper in the BVI
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