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Island Packet 420-62
Winch Servicing
04/01/2007, Crown Bay, St Thomas, USVI

We were lucky and were able to arrange for repairs to the refrigerator on St Thomas and relocated to Crown Bay. The repair to the refrigerator was successful and we spent a couple more days relaxing again in Charlotte Amalie (Crown Bay), St. Thomas. We spent a couple more days relaxing again in Charlotte Amalie (Crown Bay), St. Thomas. We did maintenance tasks like servicing the winches. The picture is of Sam hard at work.

While there we took the safari bus and went to St. Thomas Budget Marine in Brenner Bay and also saw Red Hook for the first time. We went back to the Island Beachcomber where we had stayed two years ago and had a good time and had Bushwackers and a great "key lime pie" drink followed ba a wonderful dinner.

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Back to USVI
03/27/2007, St John, USVI

We left Anguilla in the dark at 4:30 AM and made the long haul to the BVI. There was little wind and we motor-sailed all the way. Our solid vang parted from the mast and Sam was able to reattach it temporarily while under way.

We stopped in Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI and fixed the vang and one other standing rigging problem and did laundry. The trip south through the Sir Francis Drake Passage was rainy and wet (and even foggy - the first we have seen here). There was a regatta going on and so we had to dodge the boats also.

We arrived at Waterlemon Cay (Leinster Bay), St. John in the mid-afternoon and relaxed. We walked to the old Annaburg Sugar Mill ruins (now partially restored). St. John is a US National Park. The picture is of Sam at the Sugar Mill ruins. In St John, they do not have dinghy docks, so you have to "beach" the dinghy to go ashore - and then there is no place to tie the dinghy (trees are a "no-no"). We got quite wet and sandy beaching the dinghy there. Snorkeling is good and it is nicely protected.

From Waterlemon Cay we went around the corner to Maho Bay. For the first time in months, Sam's Sprint phone worked. And ... as luck would have it ... we got the phone working and the refrigerator quit. We were able to arrange for repairs on St Thomas and relocated to Crown Bay. The repair to the refrigerator was successful and we spent a couple more days relaxing again in Charlotte Amalie (Crown Bay), St. Thomas.

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Anguilla Historical Museum
03/22/2007, Anguilla

From Sint Maarten we made the short hop to Anguilla. It is a small, relatively flat island at the very north of the Leeward chain. Road Harbor is the only place for cruisers to anchor. To cruise to the other harbors, it is very expensive. We took a nice tour and saw those beaches and also went to the best museum of Caribbean (Anguillan) history we have seen. The picture is outside the museum. Jimmy Buffett was doing a benefit concert while we were there - we saw the site but missed the concert ($$$).

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Anse Marcel harbor
03/15/2007, Sint Maarten

While we were in Sint Maarten we got a new dinghy - a "RIB" (with a fiberglass bottom). Sint Maarten is the shopping place of the Caribbean and all is duty free. We got a Caribe brand which has an outlet in Annapolis. It works well with our 8 HP motor (even planes with both of us and the old dinghy rolled up in it). We also picked up a few parts we needed --, most notably another pump (#3) for the watermaker. Sam picked up the "Sint Maarten crud" while there and it took Cipro to get him healthy again.

We ran into Our Island from the 1500 and toured the island (for the 3nd time). We saw many beautiful harbors and the "playground of the rich and famous" at the end of Simpson Logoon. The picture is on the tour oberlooking the beautiful harbor of Anse Marcel -- on the French side.

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Maltese Falcon
03/13/2007, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten

From Nevis we sailed in the rain to Sint Maarten (the Dutch side of St Martin). We anchored in Simpson's Bay and saw the Maltese Falcon -- the largest sailboat -- 200 feet long. It was quite a sight.

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