Location: Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda

The crew of S/Y Ocean Star started the day with a scrumptious breakfast of cereal prepared by Erin and Elise. After breakfast clean-up we had MTE class and learned some basic sailing techniques. Then we played a fun game of “Who Can Find the Line Faster,” which was pretty intense. My team lost, but we are bringing our A-game next time. Later we prepared Ocean Star to sail from Spanish Town to Anegada and Gorda Sound. This was our first full sailing experience and we all were stoked! Basically it was the coolest thing that I’ve ever done, and the crew says the same. After anchoring in Gorda Sound and feeling awesome after actually sailing our 88 foot Oceanstar, we devoured some delicious tuna salad sandwiches. Later we went for an amazing mangrove snorkel! We saw some sweet creatures such as medusa worms, brain coral, sea urchins, huge sea cucumbers, a foot-long conch, and tons of mangrove trees, coral, and fish. We all kissed the sea cucumber, which is supposed to bring us seven years of good luck! After snorkeling we “showered” and had dinner, followed by a very interesting slide-show of invertebrates. It was a great, action-packed day!