After my belated attempt at some omelettes which were nutritious and tasty but certainly not appealing to the eye, we got Zanshin ship-shape and ready for the approximately 20 mile passage from our anchorage in the Îles des Saintes to Portsmouth, Dominica. I lowered our French flag and put up the "Q" flag and this time it was Sascha's turn to helm the boat for the trip. The waves were under 1 meter as predicted and the winds were in the typical lower trade wind range of 15 knots, so with 2 reefs in both sail we set out to sea. The winds were just good enough for us to point somewhat offshore of our destination at Portsmouth and at 5-8 knots it was a pleasant and quick passage with only the occasional fish-trap to avoid.
We were met by one of the boat boys as we entered the Portsmouth anchorage but as I'd already worked with “Alexis” in the past I stuck with his services and we weren't bothered anymore by anyone demanded that we use their services. Our first anchoring attempt was broken off as the wind had shifted and I felt too close to a neighbouring boat, and our second attempt put us in 40 feet of water and I think that we'll re-anchor somewhat closer tomorrow. The dinghy ride to customs & immigration was a long one, but with the outboard out of it's pampered break-in phase we could plane the dinghy and that made the trip a lot faster. Clearing in (and out at the same time) was a matter of filling in 2 forms with carbon paper for copies (I wonder if everyone who reads this blog page actually knows what that is) and paying US$10 for clearance. We then walked to the supermarket which also has a cash machine so that we could get some local EC$ currency and then purchased a few items before returning to Zanshin.
The sunset was beautiful and after dark I thawed out some of my slow-cooked chili sauce and we made some pasta to go along with it for dinner. By 09:30 we were tired enough to call it a night and I read a little bit before turning out my light. The music ashore was relatively loud and I knew it would go on for much of the night, but the little ventilator next to my bed produces sufficient white noise to cover those remote sounds.


Sascha helming Zanshin Sascha at the helm of Zanshin while navigating the Iles des Saintes passage
(2017-03-31 10:28:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Sascha helming Zanshin
PAYS on Dominica The PAYS (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) [a better name than "Boat Boys"] hut in Portsmouth, Dominica
(2017-03-31 16:18:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
PAYS on Dominica
Floral water meters I'd never seen water meters arranged in this circular and interesting way
(2017-03-31 15:56:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Floral water meters
A fixer-upper car This rusting car was just one of many lining the sides of the back street close tot the Portsmouth immigration offices on Dominica
(2017-03-31 15:29:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
A fixer-upper car
PAYS on Dominica The PAYS (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) [a better name than "Boat Boys"] hut in Portsmouth, Dominica
(2017-03-31 16:18:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
PAYS on Dominica
Portsmouth sunset with yacht The unobstructed view from the Portsmouth anchorage in Dominica makes for some spectacular sunsets
(2017-03-31 18:08:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Portsmouth sunset with yacht
Sunset in Portsmouth The unobstructed view from the Portsmouth anchorage in Dominica makes for some spectacular sunsets
(2017-03-31 18:08:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Sunset in Portsmouth
Yachts and Dominica sunset The unobstructed view from the Portsmouth anchorage in Dominica makes for some spectacular sunsets
(2017-03-31 18:06:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/20.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Yachts and Dominica sunset
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