Mar 20, 2011
After a filling breakfast of spicy cake (thank you to Kris’ mum; you’ve done it again!), the shipmates were given a navigation challenge to plan our next passage to Saba. Not a minor task, as this planning involves plotting Ocean Star’s COG (course-over-ground) and taking currents, wind, hazards, and safe anchorages into account. We’re looking forward to seeing the plan in action in two days. Afterwards, we started ashore on this sleepy Sunday to make our way up Mt. Quill, the highest peak in Statia. It was a beautiful sunny day to catch some nice views at the top of the crater rim. And it was neat to have the chance to start from sea level and snake our way up to 1100 ft. (Note the appropriate word choice, as we did spot a snake along the trail!) Other wildlife sightings included one friendly rooster near the top and a huge amount of hermit crabs and lizards. On the way back down, we stopped in town for Chinese food and burgers before heading back onboard. While reggae tunes blasted from the beach, we enjoyed another tasty pasta dinner. We wrapped up this groovy day with an oceanography class about sea monkeys and maritime law.