I've finally made it no only out of the confines of the Simpson Bay Lagoon, but have managed to leave the country, as well. I cleared out of Dutch Sint Maarten in the morning, then dinghied across the length of the lagoon to the French side and to the new Capitainerie offices at Marina Port Royal. There I cleared into the French side and this process was made so much easier since they now had English "QWERTY" keyboards rather than the French "AZERTY" ones! Clearing out of the Dutch side cost quite a bit of money, since they charge $40 per week for my boat and I'd been there far too long, the French just wanted €6. Once back aboard Zanshin I saw no reason to hang around and sailed to Grand Case. The winds by the airport were very light, and at times I thought about running the engine, but once around the corner I had to reef sails and made several tacks up the channel in order to reach Grand Case. I'm anchored here now, with 4 feet of water under the keel and I can see the action on the shoreline; but have decided to stay aboard this evening rather than hit the town.

Sint Maarten Customs and Immigration The entrance to the Sint Maarten Customs & Immigration building as seen from the dinghy dock right by the Simpson Bay Bridge.
(2015-03-31 09:42:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Sint Maarten Customs and Immigration
New offices in Port La Royale The old building is on the other side of the marina, but is small compared to this large office space with 3 new computers to clear in.
(2015-03-31 10:05:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
New offices in Port La Royale
Causeway bridge rotating The new causeway bridge rotates rather than lifts and always opens 15 minutes before the outbound main bridge and 15 minutes after inbound openings.
(2015-03-31 10:15:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Causeway bridge rotating
Megayacht exiting the bridge This megayacht is exiting the Simpson Bay Lagoon at the 10:30 bridge opening.
(2015-03-31 10:28:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Megayacht exiting the bridge
Blind Date megayacht This was in interesting name, and the tender was called "Second Date".
(2015-03-31 10:37:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Blind Date megayacht
KLM Jumbo coming in to land The daily 747 KLM flight coming into Princess Juliana Airport in St. Martin.
(2015-03-31 11:27:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
KLM Jumbo coming in to land
Western Sint Maarten shoreline The western shoreline has both large apartment timeshares and these somewhat smaller houses for the affluent
(2015-03-31 11:51:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Western Sint Maarten shoreline
Sunset Beach This beach is quite crowded today, and evidently nothing happened when the KLM 747 in the background landed about 30 minutes before I reached this spot.
(2015-03-31 12:04:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Sunset Beach
Sunset beach and runway The beach is quite crowded and is located right by the end of the runway at Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) in St. Martin.
(2015-03-31 12:03:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sunset beach and runway
Shoreline construction New construction along the shoreline of Sint Maarten close to the airport runway.
(2015-03-31 12:05:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Shoreline construction
Northwestern corner of St. Martin That pretty light blue means shallow water and sand, which meant that I needed to stay far away with my 8 1/2 foot draft!
(2015-03-31 12:32:49 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Northwestern corner of St. Martin
New towing bridle in action My newly braided towing bridle got the first test today and seemingly did a fair job - it kept the dinghy straight and didn't break.
(2015-03-31 12:17:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/60s] ISO 100)
New towing bridle in action
Anguilla shoreline In order to tack upwind to Grand Case, I had to approach the shoreline of Anguilla several times this trip.
(2015-03-31 13:24:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Anguilla shoreline
Blowing Rock off Anguilla The waves were down this day, so there wasn't much huffing and puffing going on.
(2015-03-31 13:35:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Blowing Rock off Anguilla
Clouds over Grand Case While it hadn't really rained in many days, as soon as I dropped anchor in Grand Case those clouds moved in.
(2015-03-31 17:57:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Clouds over Grand Case
Frozen Steaks I only wanted one steak, but they were frozen solid together (I should have frozen them separately!).
(2015-03-31 17:02:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Frozen Steaks
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