Today was the big day for my friends - we embarked on our first passage between islands and planned on an overnight stay. They brought enough luggage and items along to fill up the dinghy but despite all of that we managed it in one trip to Zanshin, although we didn't travel very fast and I was happy that there were no waves to swamp us. After everything was stowed away we got going and soon had 3 reefs in the mainsail and two in the genoa and were hard on the wind up the Anguilla channel. After only 3 tacks (one of which was necessitated due to some closely spaced fish traps in our way) we were headed directly for the entrance at Île Fourchue and in a total of 4 hours sailing we'd gotten the perfect mooring ball, close to shore but not close enough to have me worry about banging on the bottom.
After the obligatory swim, paddleboard and baguette snack three of us went on a research expedition to the top of the island while Alyssa remained aboard to read her book and stand watch. We not only made it to the summit of Île Fourchue but left our mark with a small stack of stones that might stand the test of time due to our superior architectural skills.
Since I was making the BBQ burger dinner it took quite a while before we had our food, but the burgers all disappeared in short order as did the garlic baguette and corn on the cobs; albeit the green peppers and onions remained on the table after we finished.
We gazed at the stars for a bit but by 22:00 they were safely in their respective cabins and I sat on the back of the boat a bit looking at the stars before also retiring for the evening.

Phaedo 3 zipping by Once again Phaedo 3 is zooming along at speed, this time past our spot in the Ile Fourchue anchorage.
(2015-04-12 15:29:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/2000s] ISO 320)
Phaedo 3 zipping by
Rare blossoming cactus This is ostensibly a rare cactus that grows only on Ile Fourchue, but it does seem to thrive here as we saw many of these button cactii growing all over the barren soil.
(2015-04-12 16:45:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 320)
Rare blossoming cactus
St. Barths in the distance Looking across at St. Barths from atop Ile Fourchue
(2015-04-12 16:53:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 320)
St. Barths in the distance
Windward side of St. Barths Waves wash around the rocky windward shoreline of Ile Fourchue off St. Barths.
(2015-04-12 16:55:20 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/5000s] ISO 320)
Windward side of St. Barths
Rock Pillar foundation We chose this rocky outcrop as the foundation of our rock pillar construction project.
(2015-04-12 17:04:03 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 320)
Rock Pillar foundation
Stone Pillar creation Nick, Sascha, Corinna and I built this stone pillar at the top of Ile Fourchue. We hope our marvel of modern architecture will withstand the test of time.
(2015-04-12 17:08:21 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1600s] ISO 320)
Stone Pillar creation
Crabs coming out at dusk We met this little guy on the way back to the as sunset was approaching.
(2015-04-12 17:29:27 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/800s] ISO 320)
Crabs coming out at dusk
Stone pillars Our temporary creation on the beach at Ile Fourchue in St. BArths.
(2015-04-12 17:34:42 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/5000s] ISO 320)
Stone pillars
Panorama of St. Barths The island of St. Barths as seen from the top of neighbouring Ile Fourchue.
(2015-04-12 17:02:14 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 320)
Panorama of St. Barths
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