Location: West End, Tortola, BVI

Today was probably one of the most emotional mornings I have had as Captain of School Ship Ocean Star.

From a personal point of view, there was a realization of an emptiness that had been suppressed thus far by our frantic cleaning, enjoyment of our final dinner together, and a presence we have held with each other as the inevitable draws closer our departure. The bags came up on deck; the water bottle line slowly emptied as crew and sailors of S/Y Ocean Star collected their possessions in preparation to move off. Lunch was incredibly quiet today, no gophering, no dishy pit, no music. It was also incredibly quiet within me, too, as I kept my sunglasses on to hide something that I wasn’t sure how to deal with and why it was happening. A tear in my eye. Because as I let each crew member float away off to catch a ferry to another island and start their journey ‘home’, I realize that my time onboard is also coming to an end as I hand over the captaincy.

Now while the above is solemn and reflective, melancholy and sad, I am reminded of what great things to the world change brings. It was a huge change for every new crew member, in the beginning, to step aboard, commit themselves to an unknown and challenging world that is Ocean Star. And look at what has become of the cohesive crew and each and every fantastic individual because of that change of lifestyle they adventured into. Change is good when done right. It opens doors to things that once were never deemed achievable, too far from any comfort zone ever to reach. Well, you guys, my crew, it wasn’t easy, but we did it right, and I hope you feel the same as you look out to the world’s endless horizon of opportunity and move on to bigger and better adventures.

Signing off,
your Captain,

Martin ‘Smudge’ S.