The morning brought some gusty winds and showers. I'd taken the brush out of the garage and was waiting for the heady downpour to give the decks a scrubbing but the rain only came down as a light drizzle so the decks are still a bit grimy. After breakfast I motored across to Leverick Bay and took a mooring ball temporarily while I went ashore. My garbage bag was full to bursting because of all the empty bottles of San Pellegrino (well, and perhaps the odd beer bottle as well) and I put it into the Leverick Bay dumpster before going into the local store to get potatoes. Unfortunately they were well-stocked with everything else, so I left without making any purchases. I did buy a pair of sunglasses, since the others I'd acquired the week before had broken almost immediately and my temporary fix with crazy glue had held for just a couple of days. I have an emergency backup pair which were part of a give-away pack from Australian Gold, but they are not only ugly (bright neon orange frame) but also quite flimsy and cheap so they are now relegated back to the cabinet for the next sunglasses emergency event.
I left Leverick and opted to anchor off the south side of Leverick Bay this time, amongst quite a few other boats. This location ended up being a bit rolly during the day as so many big boats, both commercial and private, zip by and leave big wakes that hit the boat at a 90° angle. But from here I can quickly weight anchor and leave the anchorage for my upcoming passage to either St. Martin or directly to Antigua.
I finally got the cockpit lights installed, which takes a while and leaves my arms sore because all the work is done overhead; but in the end the lights were correctly installed and the electrical installation worked the first time around. After the cockpit work was done and the sun was low on the horizon I did a bit more stainless polishing work with the “Star Clean” (which is slowly running out) and a toothbrush which gave me a hearty thirst when Happy Hour finally rolled around! I had a nice cold beer and then did the last job of the day - using another cleaning compound on the lifelines, which bore traces of rust as well.
I made a simple dinner by re-heating one of my precooked slow-cooker dishes and used the last potato (before it started sprouting). After sundown two boats came into the anchorage and both decided to use my boat, most likely because I had the cockpit LEDs on, as a marker and both anchored quite close to me. One to the left and the other to the right and it felt like they were unnecessarily close. I'm sure that they are French boats, as those like to congregate at anchor.

Feeding frenzy at the anchorage A school of small fry is being fed upon by a school of some other somewhat larger fish. The waters around Zanshin are boiling and noise of splashing is what brought me out to check what was going on.
(2017-02-19 11:05:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Feeding frenzy at the anchorage
Three charter cats rafted I have a sneaking suspicion that one or more of those cats has a skipper aboard, as that is a neater job of anchoring and rafting than I'd expect from the typical charter guests
(2017-02-19 11:29:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Three charter cats rafted
Megayacht This behemoth takes up the whole of the T-dock at Leverick, note the telephone booth for size reference.
(2017-02-19 13:08:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Megayacht "Anna" at Leverick
Zanshin on a mooring ball I picked up a mooring ball at Leverick bay so that I could run ashore and get some potatos at the store and to see if I could say hello to Nick. Neither potatoes nor Nick were available so I soon went back to the boat and freed up the mooring ball
(2017-02-19 13:09:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Zanshin on a mooring ball
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