|Entering Simpson Bay with the blue drawbridge ahead|
We had been advised to enter Simpson Bay Lagoon from the Simpson Bay bridge due to our 7’draft. Since the bridge only opens three times a day, we anchored in Simpson Bay and spent the afternoon reading while waiting for the 1730 (5:30 PM) inbound opening. They allow the outbound traffic to go one hour earlier; then they drop the bridge for vehicle traffic until the inbound scheduled opening.
|Super Yachts on the Dutch side|
You have to follow along the edge of the marina docks and through a dredged canal to get into the middle area of Simpson Bay. It is extremely shallow and the sun was setting. That made it hard to see the small unlit buoys in the shadows – especially the green ones in the dark water. We were following several other boats – hoping they knew what they were doing. Truly the blind leading the blind!
|The rest of us on the French side!|
It was equal distance to the French and Dutch area of commerce once we settled into a good anchorage so we spent a lot of time running back and forth in the dinghy.