The night at Deep Bay was almost as bad as the prior night in Grand Case, with the notable difference that this time I had no plan “B”. The boat rolled and creaked all night as the wind had shifted slightly and now I frequently lay broadside to that northerly swell. I've learned my lesson about this wonderful anchorage - avoid in a north swell and go a mile further south to the bay of 5 islands and anchor in there. That's where I saw a lot of boats as I motored by just after dawn and their masts didn't look like they were trying alternately trying to touch the water on one side and then on the other.
The winds were either light or straight on the nose, so I motored all the way into Falmouth Harbour and found a spot to anchor. No north swell noticeable here, so I trust I'll get a deep night's sleep tonight. I got the dinghy put together and grabbed a quick shower and shaved before donning a collared shirt and going ashore to complete immigration and customs formalities at English Harbour. I logged into the eSeaClear system and within 2 minutes had gotten my clearance number. They printed out the 5 forms for me to sign and I was soon on my way from one desk to the next and soon I was finished and had time to walk the docks at English Harbour where a number of very large and very pretty boats were tied up. The dockyards were full of cruise ship guests, so I wandered over to Falmouth Harbour and checked out the merchandise on the docks there. A number of the RORC600 race boats had retired from the racing due to the light winds and were already at the docks, the rest will be coming in during the course of the day; as the prize giving ceremonies are tomorrow.
I met a fellow German sailor and we had a couple of rounds at the bar next to where the old Mad Mongoose was - the new place wasn't open for happy hour and later on in the evening when we walked by it was open but virtually empty with only one patron at the bar.

Sunrise at Deep Bay While the waters look calm, there's a long swell coming into the bay which is rocking the boats on my side of the anchorage
(2017-02-23 06:32:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Sunrise at Deep Bay
Cades Reef This reef is quite a ways from the shoreline and it is possible to sail between the reef and the island, but the waters are shallow and full of coral head so prudent mariners never go inside the reef
(2017-02-23 08:21:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Cades Reef
Stad Amsterdam underway No wind and thus no sails, Stad Amsterdam is motoring from Antigua to Nevis
(2017-02-23 08:20:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Stad Amsterdam underway
PH3 at the docks This beautiful racer looks fast even when tied to a dock
(2017-02-23 11:19:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
PH3 at the docks
Blog images. Click on the picture to expand it to full size.
1097 views since 2017-02-24, page last modified on 2017-02-25.