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Be a Sail Not an Anchor

Jul 24, 2011


Location: Pain de Sucre
Author: Kevin Johnsen
We said bye to Dominica this morning after spending a fun filled 4 days there. I think everyone aboard now has a new favorite island to return to some day. The squally weather that missed us yesterday decided to pay us a visit during sail raises this morning making the process more difficult yet fun and good practice for handling sails under less than perfect conditions. The dumping rain soon passed and we were on our way to new adventures in France-land at Les Saintes. It was an amazing sail for Ocean Star on a comfortable beam to broad reach making a solid 8 knots. This was the crews first passage with good wind for sailing and we made the most of it as we tacked our way through the Les Saintes islands while avoiding the abundant fish traps that litter the water. Once we navigated our way through the fish traps we arrived at Pain de Sucre where we have secured ourselves stern to the shore in preparation for an awesome night dive tomorrow night. After a solid day of sailing the crew was more than eager to jump in the warm water for some snorkeling and flipping fun. We end our day with a beautiful sunset, attempting to see the ever elusive ‘green flash’ and a MTE sailing class in the evening. All in all it was a most excellent day! On a final note I will leave you with Deep Thoughts. Tonight’s words of wisdom/ quote of the day comes from our crew member Susie Theis, “Be a sail, not an anchor.”