Today I decided to take the dinghy into Gustavia in order to check out the scene and to perform my clear-in and associated clear-out for tomorrow. “The Bucket” boats were already circling the start area outside so the docks were clear, but there was a long line in front of the computers and I could see how non French speakers were having a hard time with the keyboards. But after a half-hour waiting I was done in seconds since they store the boat name and details in the computer system and all I needed to do was click the right boxes.
I did a bit of shopping (cheese and baguettes) and then said hello to Mark and looked at some of the behemoths out there. There was a lot of room around his spot so I planned on returning to “Zanshin” to put the dinghy engine inside and prepare for the passage, then anchor off Gustavia and let Mark play chauffeur.
Unfortunately a charter catamaran had anchored so as to be over my chain, making it impossible for me to leave without them moving their boat forward or away. And, as things would have it, their dinghy was gone and nobody was aboard. So I had to wait - and they didn't return until late enough to let me stay in my spot for the night, but I'd warned them that I'd be leaving at about 06:30 and that they would either need to move now or move forward the next morning; they said that they were early risers.


Docks at the Capitainerie These docks are empty due to the races today
(2017-03-18 11:26:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Docks at the Capitainerie
Sea Life mixing in St. Barths Mark's "Sea Life" nestled in the same anchorage as all the megayachts participating in and watching the "Bucket" Regatta
(2017-03-18 11:39:00 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Sea Life mixing in St. Barths
Big sloop under full sail Big sloop under full sail passing the Gros Ilet
(2017-03-18 11:38:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Big sloop under full sail
Maltese Falcon sailing away I wish I had my AIS going to see how fast she was sailing, but from my dinghy it looked plenty fast
(2017-03-18 11:37:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 100)
Maltese Falcon sailing away
Maltese Falcon sailing away I wish I had my AIS going to see how fast she was sailing, but from my dinghy it looked plenty fast
(2017-03-18 11:37:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Maltese Falcon sailing away
Classic Schooner and sloop Two very different rigs; but unfortunately the prettier one is by far the slower one.
(2017-03-18 12:10:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Classic Schooner and sloop
Limitless Sunset The sun setting behing Limitless in Anse Colombier on St. Barths
(2017-03-18 18:06:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Limitless Sunset
Pretty Woman yacht I'd not seen Island Waterworld advertising before.
(2017-03-18 18:12:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Pretty Woman yacht
St. Barths Anchorage Panorama Many big boats are anchored out because of the Bucket Regatta
(2017-03-18 11:54:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/20.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
St. Barths Anchorage Panorama
Gustavia Port Panorama The docks are all empty at the moment because the big racing boats are out on "The Bucket" Regatta for the day
(2017-03-18 11:25:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Gustavia Port Panorama
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