Jan 28, 2011
Location: Prickly Bay, Grenada
This morning as Watch Team 3 steered Ocean Star across the sea, the sun came up on a new sight – Land! Ever since leaving the volcanic hills of Montserrat two days ago, we have been out of sight of land on our trip down the archipelago. From where I stand, our second (and longest) ocean passage of the trip was a resounding success – the crew arrived in Grenada as seasoned watch-keepers, accustomed to dealing with the vagaries of the wind and sea. From when we left Little Bay in Montserrat to when we rounded Grenada’s southern tip this morning, the boat has been quiet, without the rumble of the engine – only the sails to push us along. This gave us plenty of practice in sail handling, as we tucked in and shook out reefs to keep Ocean Star moving at her best speed through the wind shadows of the high islands, some of which extended some 50 or 60 miles out to sea, and the breeze pumping through the inter-island channels. We dropped anchor in Prickly Bay just before lunch, then rolled into a full fledged Boat Appreciation – all 16 of us polishing, waxing, scrubbing, and sweeping to put the funk of two days of rough weather behind and get Ocean Star looking her best. There are few things as rewarding as having completed a passage out of sight of land, and by the end of today the crew of Ocean Star can all say with confidence that they are accomplished sailors.