The conditions at Grand Case got progressively worse as the night grew older and by 02:00 I knew that I wasn't going to get much good sleep at anchor so I got underway. Once sails were set the boat stopped rolling like crazy and I was glad I'd chosen to escape the anchorage and make best use of the conditions. There were several RORC600a boats sailing along that night but luckily they all had lights and AIS running so were easy to keep track of. I had a good fast spell as a big squall with incredibly heavy rain pushed me along, but that squall must have marked the frontal boundary because the wind shift and lightened and from St. Barths I only rarely got to turn off the engine and sail; had I not used the engine I'd still be out there at sea somewhere, wallowing around in becalmed waters.
I used the time on passage to program the Arduino library for the refrigeration controller a bit, then I noticed a chafed spot on the genoa sheet which I cut out and I did a number of smaller chores, including de-pickling the watermaker and filling my water tank to the brim.
I arrived at Deep Bay in good time to anchor and watch the sunset, but the prominent north swell was washing through the anchorage and all the good spots (tucked in away from the swell) were taken so I knew I was going to have a rolly night - again. Luckily, it wasn't quite as bad as Grand Case the night before but I am already looking forward to full night's sleep in Falmouth Harbour.


St. Martin on the horizon The island of St. Martin is way behind me, invisible but for the clouds it generates.
(2017-02-22 13:54:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
St. Martin on the horizon
Nevis in the distance The weather was very clear and the island of Nevis looked quite approachable even though it was very distant
(2017-02-22 13:54:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Nevis in the distance
Chafe repair on a genoa line There was some chafe on the unused genoa sheet, so I cut it away (the bowline was so tight that not even pliers helped loosen the knot) and removed the chafed portion, then put in a whipping on the new end before doing an end-for-end and reattaching the sheet
(2017-02-22 15:55:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Chafe repair on a genoa line
Chafe repair on a genoa line There was some chafe on the unused genoa sheet, so I cut it away (the bowline was so tight that not even pliers helped loosen the knot) and removed the chafed portion, then put in a whipping on the new end before doing an end-for-end and reattaching the sheet
(2017-02-22 15:55:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Chafe repair on a genoa line
Chafe repair on a genoa line There was some chafe on the unused genoa sheet, so I cut it away (the bowline was so tight that not even pliers helped loosen the knot) and removed the chafed portion, then put in a whipping on the new end before doing an end-for-end and reattaching the sheet
(2017-02-22 16:07:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Chafe repair on a genoa line
Chartplotter on Passage The chartplotter showing how much further I have to go to get to Antigua and it also displays any AIS targets on the screen. I have the radar turned off, otherwise I'd be getting echoes from those ships displayed on the screen as well
(2017-02-22 13:54:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Chartplotter on Passage
Antigua coming up next Antigua and her clouds can be seen ahead, but I'm still 6 hours away.
(2017-02-22 13:55:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Antigua coming up next
Rusty Snubber The snubber hook had gotten quite rusty, so I gave it a go with some Spotless Stainless gel that I'd purchased a while ago and never used
(2017-02-22 16:45:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Rusty Snubber
Anchor hooked cleaned The Spotless Stainless did a good first pass at removing the rust. I'll have to let the hook soak for a long time when I try it next and I think it will remove all the rust
(2017-02-22 17:28:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Anchor hooked cleaned
Royal Princess  leaving Antigua At over 1000 feet this is a behemoth and I really have trouble understanding how come it doesn't just topple over.
(2017-02-22 17:22:29 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Royal Princess leaving Antigua
Royal Princess  leaving Antigua At over 1000 feet this is a behemoth and I really have trouble understanding how come it doesn't just topple over.
(2017-02-22 17:25:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Royal Princess leaving Antigua
Deep Bay sunset Sunset at Deep Bay after the long passage from St. Martin
(2017-02-22 18:04:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Deep Bay sunset
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