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Netherlands Antilles

3.5 km (2.2 miles) E of Witte Kaap (Cape), St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 18°S 117°E

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: To the east: Water. And sky, of course. #3: To the south: Water, well and a tiny bit of St. Barth island. #4: To the west: Yes, Saba island. With a lot of water around. And some Sky. #5: Ok, ok, to the northwest, there is more land. This is St. Martin. #6: The Coordinates where we came closest (screenshot off Oregon 400t). #7: Those who went there.

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  18°N 63°W (visit #2)  

#1: General situation at the point: Lots of water, lots of sky and a little land far away (view to the North, the rock is Molly Beday)

(visited by Michael Wößner, Anja Köhne, Ralf Looser, Fred Bäuml and Anja Wiehler)

11-Jan-2013 -- When we set off from St. Martin on our sailing trip visiting the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, we soon realized that our planned way back will bring us close to the confluence point 18N 63W. We also realized that this would be the second point we would visit on a sailing vessel and with the same crew as last time (58°N 17°E). However, the water would be at comforting 26°C this time.

So after two weeks of sailing in the fantastic Caribbean Sea and on the way back to the sailing base in St. Martin, we hoisted anchor close to Anse du Colombien on St. Barth Island.

With nice winds and waves up to 2 m we made 6 knots and took care to hit the confluence point as precise at possible after traveling about 1.5 hours, which worked out quite well. However, approaching from the Southeast, we had to tack soon after passing the point so not to hit the Hen & Chicken rocks 0.7 nm later.

The point itselfs lies about 1.8 nm to the south east of St. Martin. Looking West, Saba, being 930 m high, can be seen. To the south east, Ile de la Fourche which belongs to St. Barth is still visible.


 All pictures
#1: General situation at the point: Lots of water, lots of sky and a little land far away (view to the North, the rock is Molly Beday)
#2: To the east: Water. And sky, of course.
#3: To the south: Water, well and a tiny bit of St. Barth island.
#4: To the west: Yes, Saba island. With a lot of water around. And some Sky.
#5: Ok, ok, to the northwest, there is more land. This is St. Martin.
#6: The Coordinates where we came closest (screenshot off Oregon 400t).
#7: Those who went there.
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
St. Maartens, Saba (with the 877 m Mount Scenery), and St. Barthélemy should be visible from this oceanic confluence.