I intentionally tried to keep today's pace slow. I opted to remain in the lagoon rather than leave so that I could still have easy and quick access to all of the stores in the area. In the morning hours I sat in the cockpit for a while and watched the dinghies sailing around the marks in the lagoon (they are holding the Powerade Dinghy Regatta). I've still got the leak to fix and also need to repair the water heater, the heat exchanger portion that uses the engine cooling water is working just fine, but the electric 220V heating element isn't working anymore and I have a replacement part purchased from Island Waterworld, but need to empty the 60 liter tank first. I'll use that amount of clean fresh water in the bilges to clean up down there as well. Another task is to put together a simple towing bridle for dinghy and I spliced the first eye into some double-braided line I had purchased for the purpose; botching the job up by miscalculating one of the lengths and ending up with a very ugly and structurally unsound eye. Since I'd measured the line to be just long enough, I can't just cut the bad part off and start again. So I zipped across to the chandlery just before closing time and purchased some 3-strand line which is much, much simpler to splice.
I went to the SMYC to meet Mark and a sailing couple (who I had known only as Killarney_Sailor from one of the online forums) for a couple of drinks and from there I returned back to the boat for a bit of dinner before retiring for the evening. The music ashore was surprisingly quiet this night, and the background white noise from my ventilator almost completely covered the sound of music.

Powerade Regatta mark One of the racers turning the mark at the Powerade dinghy Regatta
(2015-03-28 10:01:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Powerade Regatta mark
Dinghy racing in the lagoon Racers in the Powerade Dinghy Regatta working in towards the mark
(2015-03-28 10:00:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Dinghy racing in the lagoon
Preparing to splice a bridle I've got my splicing kit unpacked and am ready to begin putting in an eye splice for the metal thimbles on both sides of this blue line.
(2015-03-28 13:10:00 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/13s] ISO 100)
Preparing to splice a bridle
Bad splice job I miscalculated on the blue double-strand splice and this is what it looked like, so I got some 3-strand line and that splice was quickly and easily done.
(2015-03-28 17:36:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Bad splice job
Zanshin at dusk Only seconds before I pressed the shutter for this picture the hull of Zanshin was aglow with the last rays of the setting sun and missed the moment, but I still took a picture.
(2015-03-28 18:01:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Zanshin at dusk
Arnd, Mark, Bruce and June Myself, Mark and Bruce & June from Ainia at the SMYC after happy hour.
(2015-03-28 20:26:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Arnd, Mark, Bruce and June
Bruce, June, - and Mark Bruce, June, - and Mark
(2015-03-28 20:24:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Bruce, June, - and Mark
 
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