Location: Pirates Bight, Norman Island, BVI

The day started rolling right about the time the sun was peaking over the horizon In West End and hasn’t stopped yet. One or two crew members washed the sleep away with a baptism in the clear Caribbean waters, while the rest munched on a quick breakfast. We spent a few hours in the morning on an introduction to Sea|mester, followed by a quick trip to the local market for our last minute snacks and supplies. Around 10, we cast off the lines for our first trip on Ocean Star! We pointed the bow East, and approximately five minutes later, our first trip ended as we made ourselves fast at the fuel dock.

While Monika and I topped up the diesel tanks, Cayley (our dive instructor) took the crew down to our SCUBA room to have the students fitted with dive gear. After getting all of the dive gear stowed, we cast off the lines for our second trip aboard Ocean Star! This one was for real. With Michael at the helm, we pointed her around the western end of Frenchman’s Cay, then southeast across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Sadly, the weather failed to cooperate with our plans of sailing; a series of squalls chased us around driving 20-30 kt gusts of wind and rain, putting a wet blanket on any plans we had to bring sails up. In just a little while, we found ourselves at anchor in the Bight of Norman Island. Before dinner, Nick and I made a quick trip into the island to scout a location for tomorrow’s first Marine Bio lab, a bird population survey that we are performing in cooperation with the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society.