The anchorage here is so pretty that I decided to extend my stay by a day and depart for Deshaies on the morrow. I puttered around the boat a boat a bit and went ashore on Green Island to see if there was a path around the island. I only found a short path that soon petered out and was only passable by goats or small crawling midgets so I returned to Zanshin. In the mid-afternoon I heard a short toot on a siren and saw that the Antigua & Barbuda customs speedboat with a couple of officers aboard was patrolling the anchorage and was pulling up alongside a Canadian-flagged boat several moorings away. I'd never once seen any active patrolling going on in Antigua and got very worried - images of large fines and troubles with officialdom flashed through my mind as I thought about what excuses I could offer to placate the officers during the upcoming inspection. I did go below decks and showered/shaved plus made the boat look presentable inside. In the end I decided to lay down for a nap since being on deck might trigger them to come visit me. A short light squall came through the anchorage and I took a peek out the side windows and didn't see the patrol so I thought I'd been quite lucky and relaxed a bit; but a half hour later I looked out again and saw them boarding another boat several moorings from me and resigned myself to my impending inspection and fines...
After checking that boat the vessel went to the middle of the Green Island bay (a good mile away) and just hovered there for a while, then went at speed to the far end at Nonsuch Bay. A half hour later they zoomed past the anchorage and through the cut and I finally did breathe a sigh of relief at having been fortunate this time around and told myself that I'd never play with extending an inbound or outbound clearance again!
I got the engine off the dinghy before dusk and otherwise prepared for the 80 miles to Deshaies.

Dead calm No a ripple to be seen while the wind and chop rages outside
(2016-05-05 14:17:25 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Dead calm
Calm leeward beach This beach to the leeward side of Green Island is always calm and protected - and therefore also has flies and no-see-ums
(2016-05-05 14:03:50 NIKON D7100 [f/3.8, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Calm leeward beach
Century Plant This century plant has sprouted it's one large shoot
(2016-05-05 14:02:16 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Century Plant
Century plant stalks Two century plants in close proximity
(2016-05-05 14:08:32 NIKON D7100 [f/3.5, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Century plant stalks
Sand, Coral and sunshine The Green Island windward beach, where the kitesurfers set up their gear
(2016-05-05 14:00:43 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sand, Coral and sunshine
Eery green tentacles Somehow the twisted leaves of this plant remind me of horror movie plant tentacles.
(2016-05-05 14:13:15 NIKON D7100 [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Eery green tentacles
Century plant cores These two core plants are now dead
(2016-05-05 14:11:27 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Century plant cores
Green Island windward beach The windward beach has some sargassum washed ashore, but by no means as much as had been present the year before
(2016-05-05 14:00:36 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Green Island windward beach
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