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Location: Tobago Cays

Hi everyone, my name is Maxime, and I finally had the honor of being Skipper today, which also means I get to give you all a rundown of our day!

This morning started at 6 for me as I hoped to catch the end of the sunrise. Unfortunately, however, I missed it and went below deck to be surprised with a cup of coffee which made the early wake-up much more worth it. I decided to wake everyone up to Good Vibrations, which I felt would be a good song for everyone to wake up to, would put us all in a good mood for the day ahead. We had Bagels for breakfast with toppings such as cream cheese, peanut butter, jelly, and some leftovers as always. We then cleaned up and had Marine Biology in the salon. After Marine Biology, we had a lab on the beach where we learned how to use transects and quadrants for our research projects. We then got to snorkel with sea turtles, and Teddy even saw an octopus which was really cool! After the lab, we had a lunch of grilled vegetables. Every meal on Ocean Star is obviously incomplete without a side of leftovers. After lunch, we had a much-needed Boat Appreciation. My phone, unfortunately, does not load all the other blogs, so I am unsure if it has already been explained to you all, but I think that if you are reading this, you are probably interested. As you can imagine, having 20 people living on an 88-foot boat, it can easily get very dirty and gross, so our boat appreciations try to clean her to the best of our abilities. This not only means cleaning every inch of the surface of the deck but also deep cleaning our bunks, as well as organizing and counting all of our provisions. While this may seem like a tedious task to undertake, I think everyone is much happier with the state of the boat right now. I, unfortunately, got bleach stains on my only remaining pair of shorts which is pretty sad considering the fact that my other ones flew off the lines just a week and a half ago. After many hours of B.A., we were treated to a great, well-deserved meal of fried rice made by Mackenzie, Asta, Eulalie.

While today was pretty uneventful, and, I was unable to get many of the great group pictures which I had promised my family I would do when I would be Skipper, I will try my best to get some next time as if there is one thing to be learned from this trip it is that even if things don’t go the way we expected them to, tomorrow is always a new day full of opportunities, surprises, and memories to last a lifetime.

See you all again in 20 days,

Maxime

Picture 1: Our faces after our morning coffee

Picture 2: Ash, Eamon making lunch

Picture 3: Sam mixing his lemonade

Picture 4: When Sam, Stef found out they were matching – Dream team!!

Picture 5: Getting lunch

Picture 6: The face you make when you realize just how much stuff you have to take inventory of.

Picture 7: A well-deserved shower after a long day’s work.

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