During the course of the slow morning, after I'd spoken to my friends who wanted to postpone our tour until the early afternoon, I had a visit from Jeffrey aboard the “S/Y Mad Romance” anchored upwind to my starboard side who was the first to inform of the events that had transpired the day before while I was playing tourist with my friends. It seems that a Moorings charter catamaran by the name of Mille Eaux had anchored, or attempted to anchor, upwind and their windlass breaker had popped at a most inopportune time with the anchor still out but no longer set. They had dragged past “S/Y Mad Romance” on a collision course with poor Zanshin, who was empty and anchored and unable to flee (n.b. I had a black-ball day shape hoisted so there could be no confusion). They then managed to entangle the painter and stall an engine, then pick up my anchor chain with theirs before making contact with Zanshin. Jeffrey had interposed his dinghy and ameliorated most of the damage, but my pulpit is now a bit bent (although still operable) and some chunks are taken out of my rub rail. That catamaran was still there last night and departed this morning without coming by or otherwise contacting me.
I've prepared my written police report already, in English and in my somewhat stilted French, to submit to the Brigade Nautique as a maritime "hit-and-run" tomorrow should the culprits not come by to explain their actions in departing like that and I've already been in touch with the Moorings base manager to tell him of my intentions. They not only damaged my boat but seem to have sustained some of their own while bending my big, thick stainless steel pulpit so they can probably kiss their deposit goodbye. I'm not certain what the French maritime law is regarding the seriousness of their offence, but considering they seem to think that they could get away with slinking out of the anchorage I certainly hope that it is more than a misdemeanor and I don't mind spending more time here as long as they get what they deserve.
We departed on our rental steed in a great hurry in order to catch Air France landing but didn't quite make it in time, seeing the approach on long final while still approaching the terminal building. Nonetheless we hit the beach and watched several large flights arrive right over us. Sascha got to hang on to the fence while a Delta airlines Boeing took off and I didn't get much of that on video because I was being sandblasted by kerosene-laden gases.
After the airport experience we were fortunate enough to be the first car in line at the Causeway Bridge for an opening and subsequently we took the very long drive uphill to Pic Paradis, St. Martin's highest peak at 424m for the view, which was a bit hazy due to low cloud and subsequently rain (which only started after we'd returned to the car). Once again our attempts at catching Air France in action were thwarted by my bad timing, we missed the departure by 30 minutes. After experiencing an island traffic jam we headed to Buccaneer's for some pizza dinner while looking at the sunset, but a rain shower prompted us to move to cover for the day's finale.

Air Caraibes A333 landing Air Caraibes flight coming in to land over us.
(2015-04-09 14:58:52 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Air Caraibes A333 landing
Air Caraibes flight F-GOTO Air Caraibes about to land passing over sunset beach in St. Martin (SXM)
(2015-04-09 14:58:51 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Air Caraibes flight F-GOTO
My friends and the local B737 Sascha, Corinna, Nick and Alyssa with a landing Boeing 737, which didn't stay in the picture very long before it touched down at SXM
(2015-04-09 14:47:26 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
My friends and the local B737
SXM Airport landing Incoming jets are always a thrill at Princess Juliana Airport in St. Martin.
(2015-04-09 14:43:12 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/8000s] ISO 100)
SXM Airport landing
Causeway opening We were fortunate to be the first car at the causeway bridge opening, although only 2 smaller sailboats came through this time around.
(2015-04-09 15:16:20 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Causeway opening
Distant cruise ships The "Rising Sun" looks miniscule between those behemoths at Philipsburg in St. Martin as seen from the island's highest point on Pic Paradis.
(2015-04-09 16:11:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Distant cruise ships
Sascha examining sedimentary rock Sascha looking closely at this sedimentary rock at the top of Pic Paradis in St. Martin.
(2015-04-09 15:52:43 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/15s] ISO 100)
Sascha examining sedimentary rock
Tintamarre seen from Pic Paradis Although a bit hazy from the low cloud, the island of Tintamarre is discernable from the top of Pic Paradis, St. Martin's highest peak.
(2015-04-09 16:15:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Tintamarre seen from Pic Paradis
St. Martin Panorama from Pic Paradis Everything in the picture is a bit grey, as we are at cloud level on Pic Paradis on St. Martin.
(2015-04-09 16:15:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
St. Martin Panorama from Pic Paradis
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