I'd anchored the boat very close to the area around Flamboyant and Grand Case Beach Club after finding a spot there, but it turned out to have been an unwise choice. The winds whirled around the hill and constantly spun the boat around all night. This caused not only the occasional rolling from being hit broadside by the waves but also some loud wave action on the stern, which made sleep a bit difficult at times. In addition, I was swinging around in a different rhythm from the catamaran that had come in after me and I did spend some time on deck to ensure that we didn't meet up during the wee hours of the night.
Today's sail was back to Île Tintamarre, in the hopes that the Easter crowds had left some beach for us. The waves were higher than the 1m prediction I'd seen and we had to beat into some bigger stuff than my guests wanted to encounter, but made it we did! There were a lot of boats anchored off Tintamarre, but that crowd soon thinned out and we got a sheltered anchoring spot quite close to shore. Although we didn't get the stand-up paddleboard out, we did snorkel quite a bit with the numerous turtles in the anchorage and took a walk on the island as well as just playing on the beach. Lunch was cheese, butter and baguettes - all of which disappeared quickly from the plates.
The sail back was under genoa alone and had us rolling around in the 2m swell, but luckily we were doing 7 knots and the uncomfortable portion was over quickly. Back at anchor after the obligatory sun downer my friends wanted to return to the LoLo of the night before and I opted to make dinner aboard. They hailed me on the VHF before leaving and I changed plans, showering and zipping across to the dinghy dock for a cooked meal at the LoLo rather than having to do all that work myself.

Underpowered excursion boat Most of the excursion boats seem to start with twin 300HP engines, making this somewhat underpowered in comparison.
(2015-04-07 12:06:13 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Underpowered excursion boat
Snorkelers at Tintamarre The excursion boats drop off their guests for a quickie 30 minute snorkel to look for turtles before they get called back into the fold and depart for the next beach.
(2015-04-07 12:13:20 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Snorkelers at Tintamarre
Tintamarre Piranha Fish I should know what kind of fish these are, but I like to think of them as Piranha fish since they go into a feeding frenzy when attracted by bread crumbs thrown overboard.
(2015-04-07 12:18:49 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Tintamarre Piranha Fish
Where is that darned turtle? Here I'm snorkeling around the boat looking for a turtle and not having much luck!
(2015-04-07 12:33:57 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Where is that darned turtle?
Tintamarre Turtle The anchorage at Tintamarre has numerous turtles; although the moorings are now gone and the frequent anchored visitors such as myself are doing a job on the sea grass upon which these turtles depend for sustenance.
(2015-04-07 12:34:13 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Tintamarre Turtle
Alyssa and her turtle Alyssa finally managed to touch a turtle while snorkeling in the anchorage at Tintamarre
(2015-04-07 12:38:30 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Alyssa and her turtle
Zanshin riding at anchor Nick and Corinna at the beach with Zanshin in the anchorage at Tintamarre with St. Martin in the background.
(2015-04-07 13:17:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Zanshin riding at anchor
Volcanic Tintamarre shore Volcanic Tintamarre shore
(2015-04-07 13:32:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Volcanic Tintamarre shore
Distant St. Barths Distant Ile Fourchue and St. Barths seen from Tintamarre.
(2015-04-07 13:33:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Distant St. Barths
Rocks and reefs This coast of Tintamarre is volcanic rock and reefs which protect the infrequent sandy shore.
(2015-04-07 13:38:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Rocks and reefs
Sascha rock climbing As one of Sascha's hobbies is rock climbing he couldn't resist the temptation that this small cliff offerred him.
(2015-04-07 13:53:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Sascha rock climbing
Windward rocky shoreline of Tintamarre The reef protecting this side of the island always shows white water and the sailboat wreck here proves that one can't anchor safely, either.
(2015-04-07 13:31:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Windward rocky shoreline of Tintamarre
Tintamarre Panorama Panoramic shot of the southeastern beach and shoreline on Tintmarre looking at St. Barths and St. Martin
(2015-04-07 13:31:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Tintamarre Panorama
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