After a lazy morning with a bacon and eggs with bread breakfast I decided to make it another quiet day. I dinghied out to the start line of the Powerade Dinghy Regatta to get some pictures and when I returned I started the long-postponed task of adjusting the steering/power bar of the outboard and cleaning the engine along with adjusting the carburetor idle. There's a problem with the tiller arm and I downloaded the full shop manual from the internet, reading a section about the “trim tab” with great interest. I needed a lot of upper body force to keep the engine from making the dinghy turn a sharp right turn, I thought that was normal but it turns out that the sacrificial Zinc doubles as a trim tab which can be used to adjust the side forces on the tiller!
I opted to stay aboard tonight, cooking some potatoes with sauces for dinner and making an improvised and temporary dinghy lift as the sun set over the lagoon.

Powerade Dinghy Regatta - Delivery The yellow dinghy contained beverages for the racers, here they seem to be on an emergency Powerade delivery...
(2015-03-29 10:10:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Powerade Dinghy Regatta - Delivery
Powerade Dinghy Regatta - Jockeying Jockeying for position prior to the race starts.Racing at the Powerade Dinghy Regatta inside the Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin
(2015-03-29 10:04:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Powerade Dinghy Regatta - Jockeying
On course Racing at the Powerade Dinghy Regatta inside the Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin
(2015-03-29 10:03:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
On course
Powerade Dinghy Regatta Volunteers The yellow dinghy was used to deliver much-needed liquid supplies to the racers.
(2015-03-29 09:56:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Powerade Dinghy Regatta Volunteers
Volunteers on the Committee Boat Ross and others aboard the Powerade Dinghy Regatta committee boat.
(2015-03-29 09:55:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Volunteers on the Committee Boat
Monitoring the start line Racing at the Powerade Dinghy Regatta inside the Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin
(2015-03-29 09:58:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Monitoring the start line
Dinghy towing bridle The two metal eyes attach to the dinghy sides and the plastic one is used to attach the long tow line to the bridle.
(2015-03-29 11:22:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Dinghy towing bridle
KLM turning at Princess Juliana As there are no taxiways, the KLM 747 has to turn at the end of the runway after landing in order to taxi back to the terminal building.
(2015-03-29 11:21:29 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
KLM turning at Princess Juliana
Tohatsu engine maintenance The insides of the 9.8 Tohatsu look surprisingly good, considering that the outboard went swimming last year.
(2015-03-29 13:23:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Tohatsu engine maintenance
Sunset from Zanshin in the lagoon Another day in the Caribbean coming to a fine ending.
(2015-03-29 18:14:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sunset from Zanshin in the lagoon
Powerade Dinghy Regatta Volunteer Racing at the Powerade Dinghy Regatta inside the Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin
(2015-03-29 09:56:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Powerade Dinghy Regatta Volunteer
Temporary dinghy lift This is the first dinghy lift trial, done so that I can find the center of gravity and make the appropriate splices for the correct line lengths.
(2015-03-29 17:09:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Temporary dinghy lift
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