With every passing hour new and larger vessels began showing up for the major “to-do” for the big boys. We scrambled for the binoculars (not that we needed them) as the 295’ Athenia glided into the bay. She ranks as one of the largest privately owned sailing vessels and is the pride and joy of Jim Clark, founder of Netscape. Her 195’mast towered so high into the sky that it sported bright red mast lights to better alert low flying planes. Poor little Quest was just a pimple on the butt of these big boys.
|WELCOME MEREDITH, PAUL, MIRA AND EMMET|
FIRST MEREDITH THEN
EMMET JUMP FROM THE
TOP OF QUEST
WEDNESDAY 03/14/2012 MOORED AT MAHO BAY, USVI $7.50
Today was a big day for Emmet and Meredith! They experienced an introduction to scuba diving and young Emit, aged 10, said that swimming would never be the same. He is living in the water and might be sprouting gills. Both kids and parents seem to be having the time of their life and enjoying every moment of this unique experience at Maho.
|EMMET AND MEREDITH, OFF FOR THEIR FIRST SCUBA DIVE EXPERIENCE|
This morning we moved Quest to a shallower mooring ball on Great Maho Bay while Dan replaced the zincs on the shaft and rudder. He felt that shallower water would make the retrieval of any dropped parts much easier but, thankfully, no parts attempted to escape and soon the job was done. We did a little swimming, signed off with the Morgan family and headed for Red Hook on the east end of St. Thomas.
After a little laundry, some light provisioning and lunch on land we headed out for a few hours sleep off Peter Island.
By 12:15 AM we had released our mooring ball and begun our journey to St. Martin. Funny thing, as we were pulling out of the bay, one of those large and brightly lit up sailing vessels pulled in and dropped anchor. We are talking just after midnight!!!
|QUEST AS FIRST SPOTED BY THE DICK AND CHERYL |
DURING HER APPROACH TO THE ISLAND
|JUST ROUNDING THE POIUNT AND MAKING OUR WAY|
TO THE HARBOR ENTRANCE
|DICK AND CHERYL WELCOME US TO SAINT MARTIN|
0 NM TRAVELED
|THE POOL ON DICK AND CHERYL'S DECK|
|THE VILLA OPENS UP ONTO THE DECK|
|THE HANSON'S VIEW OF OYSTER POND|
We also watched the scoreboard for finals in Indian Wells as John Isner attempted (alas only attempted) to bring down the mighty Roger Federer. Close, oh so close! John and Sam then gave it their all in the doubles finals against Nadal and Lopez. What a great accomplishment to make it to the finals! Next time we hope for the big win!