Nov 28, 2005
Today was my 20th birthday, which proved to be a memorable occasion for myself. We cruised into Gustavia at 7:30 all decked out in our Sea-mester polo shirts. Upon seeing us looking so fine and orderly, some of Ocean Star shipmates burst into laughter which was painfully obvious to be rooted in jealousy. After clearing out of France for the last time and taking on more freshwater, we headed to Statia. It was a rocky downwind sail, during which our fine vessel broad-reached and jibed for 30 miles to our destination. A few felt sick but none had booted by the time we rounded the northern tip of the island and navigated through the tugs and oil tankers at work off Statia. After dinner (and a wonderful birthday cake) we met on Ocean Star for our last Oceanography lecture, a fun 30 minute affair. The male crew switches boats in a couple of days, we will certainly be sad to leave Near Enough. It feels good to not be a teenager anymore.