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Passage Note 3
03/14/2010, Virgin Gorda

I got here at 8:10.. anchor down. Long night for sure.
I got the boat shipshape and promptly fell asleep (for an hour). I took the dinghy in to the harbour to check in. Yikes, of all the islands I have had to check in to, this is one expensive place. Right up there with Bermuda. Must have something to do with being British.... which reminds me, Antigua was the same way.
As the day progressed and and more boats came in, I figured out why there are no American boats down south... they are all here.
Rested up most of Sunday. I guess I am not as young and able as i used to be to do long solo overnight passages.
But I am here, safe and sound (well as sound as I ever was).
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Passage Note 1
03/14/2010, Anegada Passage

Kind of cool out here. I am about a third of the way across the Anegada Passage between Virgin Gorda and St Maatin. I believe that there are 4 other sailboats out here besides me tonight heading for Virgin Gorda (which means Fat Virgin - Columbus named it). There's a bunch of boat traffic. Between the AIS and the radar I am dodging ships left and right. No moon tonight. No clouds and the stars are lit up like a planetarium.
Southern Cross blasting on the stereo.
It's Ok
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Passage Note 2
03/14/2010, Anegada Passage

The traffic finally slowed down, just us sailboats out here now. I was able to get some nap time in. I have a SS kitchen timer that I put on my chest as I lie in the bunk and doze for awhile. When it goes off I get up, look around, reset the timer for another 20 minutes and doze off again. I had to reload the drivers for the SSB radio so I could get these messages out and to check in with Beckie. I checked the Racor filter for water (still getting a half cup of water per 6 hours of run time) and checked out the rest of the engine compartment. I had a bowl of oatmeal for a snack. I didn't even have to boil the water. The hot water form the tap is almost 180 degrees when the engine is running. Hot enough to make instant oatmeal. Time to hit the bunk again. The sun will be up in another 2 hours and I have 25 miles to go. a

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