I left the anchorage at Falmouth Harbour in the early morning hours and set sail for the BVI. The total distance is about 200 miles so the trip is going to take over a day, assuming the seas and weather don't slow me down too much. The wind is coming from a bit south of east while the main ocean swell is coming from a bit further north. This means that I needed to rig a preventer line on the mainsail to keep the boom from flopping about while the boat rolls around. While it is more comfortable overall than beating into the wind, running downwind can be rather slow but the trades were helping me along with a sped of 6 knots or more and with the boom held captive by the preventer line it wasn't too bad. occasionally a big set of waves would make life bad below, but I did get a lot of time on the computer to sort out the pictures from the Antigua Sailing Week and when the big waves hit I could hold myself (and the monitor) in place.
There's little write about that would interest anyone reading this blog while I'm at sea so I'll keep this entry short.

Leaving Falmouth Departing Falmouth Harbour in Antigua in the morning hours and heading for the distant BVI
(2017-05-07 06:39:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Leaving Falmouth
Rocks at Falmouth Passing the headland on the west side of Falmouth Harbour while the waves break on the rocks
(2017-05-07 06:47:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Rocks at Falmouth
Boiling eggs on passage Thankfully the stovetop is set up so that it swings with the waves, otherwise the water would spill over
(2017-05-07 15:43:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Boiling eggs on passage
Zanshin's wake at sea The clouds behind Zanshin hover over Antigua while the BVI are still far in the distance
(2017-05-07 14:44:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Zanshin's wake at sea
Falmouth Antigua Coastline Pano The coastline to the west of Falmouth Harbour in Antigua is more hospitable than the rugged cliffs to the east
(2017-05-07 07:12:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/3200s] ISO 100)
Falmouth Antigua Coastline Pano
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