Although conditions were perfect for a light sail today, Alyssa opted to stay at the apartment to read today while the others joined me for a short sail to Friar's Bay (Anse de Anse de Pères) just around the corner from Grand Case. The beach was full and there were was a bit of a musical cacophony with at least two loud stereo systems competing with each other for loudest music. Since they were all playing different music it was a just an indistinguishable muddle by the time the sounds hit us in the anchorage. At times we couldn't even hear our own music aboard.
Nick and Sascha unpacked my stand-up paddleboard and we filled it from the big electric pump in the dinghy garage and gave it the final bit of top-up from the manual pump that came with the board. All of us, in turn, got an opportunity to lose our balance and fall into the water while trying to master that rather unstable platform! I managed to get going, but was then afraid to slow down in fear of losing dynamic stability and falling into the water, so by the time I had managed to head towards shore, turn around, and return to the boat I was knackered.
We had some snacks for lunch and generally just lounged on the boat, apart from Nick who had enough energy to spare for all of us. In the mid-afternoon the two boats between us and the beach left and soon thereafter we, too, realized that the music was just too loud; perhaps the other boats had been giving us acoustical shade or the volume ashore had been turned up, so we weighed anchor and returned to our selected spot back in Grand Case.
For dinner we all opted for a Pizza at the end of the main drag in Grand Case, and despite an heroic effort on my part to eat my very tasty meal, I still had something left over on the plate - those were very big pizzas indeed.

Nick on the Paddleboard Nick trying out the new paddleboard.
(2015-04-05 12:23:41 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/3000s] ISO 100)
Nick on the Paddleboard
Aft view on Zanshin Aft view with Nick swiming off the platform on Zanshin.
(2015-04-05 12:27:56 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/3000s] ISO 100)
Aft view on Zanshin
Arnd hanging on the dinghy Here I am resting and hanging on the dinghy after the long swim from the boat :)
(2015-04-05 15:27:04 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/2200s] ISO 100)
Arnd hanging on the dinghy
Milk & Honey megayacht Milk & Honey anchored close to us in Friar's Bay on St. Martin. No matter what the size of boat, we all have the same view; albeit they might have a bit of elevation on us.
(2015-04-05 14:20:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Milk & Honey megayacht
Going overboard! Nick jumping off the board on his first attempts.
(2015-04-05 11:48:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Going overboard!
First paddleboard moments for Sascha Getting one's balance on a paddleboard is difficult at first, but quickly mastered.
(2015-04-05 12:01:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/320s] ISO 100)
First paddleboard moments for Sascha
Sascha as ballast on the board Sascha offering some ballast for Nick's paddling.
(2015-04-05 12:20:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Sascha as ballast on the board
Anse Pere / Friar's Bay The beach was busy this Easter Sunday and several different loud music systems were blasting away.
(2015-04-05 14:42:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Anse Pere / Friar's Bay
Nick taking the deck plunge Nick taking the deck plunge
(2015-04-05 13:42:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Nick taking the deck plunge
Corinna and Milk & Honey Corinna and Milk & Honey
(2015-04-05 14:31:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Corinna and Milk & Honey
Errant wake causing an upset I saw the wake approaching Nick from behind on the paddleboard and knew he was going to take a tumble.
(2015-04-05 15:23:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Errant wake causing an upset
Nick and Sascha Sascha chauffeuring Nick around on the paddleboard
(2015-04-05 15:26:01 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Nick and Sascha
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