After an extensive breakfast of bacon, eggs & bread we took our time getting underway and only approached Gustavia, St. Barths main (and only) town around noon and soon found ourselves in the midst of sleek fast racing boats, as we'd unknowingly arrived in the midst of Les Voiles de St. Barths, the island's well-known regatta. We motored around the very crowded anchorage for a while looking for a good anchoring spot to no avail, and I finally gave up and decided to head back to Anse Colombier to see if we could find a spot there. We were fortunate to find not only one, but two inner moorings free but the inside one was too close to the rocks ashore for my taste and we opted for the out mooring, which Sascha picked up like a seasoned pro and we thereby deprived all of our neighbors of the “Ankerkino” that they wanted to witness. We, on the other hand, were later given a couple of free entertainment as other boats attempted unsuccessfully or with some effort to pick up their respective moorings.
Our water toys were soon deployed (that effort consisting mainly of Sascha pumping up the inflatable paddleboard) while we watched the large yacht Spirit using a significant amount of their crew to inflate and otherwise set up a large slide on their port side. They had to work a long time at it and the entertainment included one crew member taking an involuntary water temperature test. The snorkeling along the shore was nice today and we all spent an afternoon aboard in the calm anchorage spot that we'd gotten. Late in the afternoon saw us heading ashore for a short walk along the cliff side path before we returned to Zanshin to celebrate a sun downer before preparing our dinner of T-Bone steaks (I'd purchased some frozen ones in the BVI in a sealed box and was somewhat disappointed at how thin they were cut, but otherwise the meat quality was good), garlic bread and baked potatoes.
Some fish feeding, star gazing and red wine drinking rounded off the day and all of us headed to bed between 22:00 and 23:00. Alyssa didn't like the boat motion below, so she opted to spend the night up on deck with pillow and sheets rather than inside in her bed.

Gunboat G4 at the Voiles de St. Barths Gunboat G4 after the races with just mainsail up.
(2015-04-13 12:57:44 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2500s] ISO 100)
Gunboat G4 at the Voiles de St. Barths
Spookie racing Spookie heading to Gustavia after the Voiles de St. Barths event.
(2015-04-13 13:03:40 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Spookie racing
Sascha Selfie Sascha with a snorkeling action shot.
(2015-04-13 15:09:49 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/600s] ISO 100)
Sascha Selfie
St. Barths northside The path from Anse Colombier ends/begins at the houses in this bay.
(2015-04-13 17:04:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
St. Barths northside
Colombier scrawled filefish This is the first time I've seen this fish within snorkeling range rather than down much deeper.
(2015-04-13 15:05:15 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/550s] ISO 100)
Colombier scrawled filefish
Feeding frenzy This remora-like fish with sucker on top certainly liked our baguette pieces
(2015-04-13 15:25:51 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Feeding frenzy
Dueling Remoras These two lurkers sped out from underneath the boat to grab pieces of old baguette that we were baiting them with.
(2015-04-13 15:28:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Dueling Remoras
Doggie Photobomb! This puppy photobombed our carefully set up photo shoot!
(2015-04-13 17:08:20 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Doggie Photobomb!
Spirit at Anse Colombier Spirit anchored after we'd arrived and she certainly takes up a large chunk of anchorage real-estate with that big swinging room.
(2015-04-13 14:12:39 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/4000s] ISO 100)
Spirit at Anse Colombier
Spirit toys It took the crew of Spirit a very long time to set up this recalcitrant water slide and we don't think it saw very much use by the guests.
(2015-04-13 15:11:03 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Spirit toys
Nick, Alyssa, Corinna and Sascha Taking a break along the cliffside path leading from Anse Colombier to the road.
(2015-04-13 17:09:07 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Nick, Alyssa, Corinna and Sascha
Anse Colombier sunset No green flash today with all the low cloud, but it remains a glorious sunset nonetheless.
(2015-04-13 18:23:25 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Anse Colombier sunset
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