Location: Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Our day started early today. I headed up on deck at 6:15, thinking I’d get in a little workout and a cup of tea before wake-ups, but by the time I’d reached my preferred seat on the chart house, the engine was on, and we were off the mooring and on our way to Rodney Bay. Goodbye, Pitons. Thanks for having us!

The wind picked up just before breakfast was served, so we all gathered on deck first to raise the sails. Starting with the main, we raised the main (the sail in back), the fores’l (the middle one with two booms) and the stays’l (the one in front that’s still on the boat), then both jibs (the two way out in front, on the bowsprit) in turn. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like spending time out on the bowsprit underway), we forgot to attach the jib halyards (the lines used to pull the sail up) before setting out, so Lucy got to go out on the bowsprit. After that, the regular jib went up without a hitch, but the flying jib was on the wrong side of the stay (the cable supporting the mast from the front of the boat), and the halyard (the line used to pull the sail up) got caught. We did some maneuvering to sort both of those out (tacking over, raising the flying jib, then tacking back).

With all of the sails happy, we ate a delicious breakfast of chia seed pudding, granola, honey, fruit, and peanut butter prepared by Tate and Eamon. The sail to Rodney Bay is pretty quick, so after breakfast, we went about bringing the sails back down, starting at the front of the boat and working our way back (flying jib, jib, stays’l, fores’l, main). I got to out on the bowsprit (my favorite job!) to flake the jibs (fold them up as they come down) and tie them onto the bowsprit with Sophie and Sam. The wind made it tough, so our flaking was more mashing the sails down, throwing on some sail ties, shrugging, and saying, “we’ll fix this… when we get there.” The view from out front of the boat is amazing, though, especially when there’s swell like there was today. You get to watch Ocean Star seem to chase after you, crashing through fantastically blue water, spraying foam out to either side. The big waves leave my stomach behind like I’m on a roller coaster. Being out there makes you appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the boat.

After docking at the Rodney Bay Marina (great job Hedrek!), we put the boat to bed, cleaning the salt off her decks, replacing sail covers, and putting up the tarp. And yes, re-flaking the jibs. I spent at least an hour sweating on the bowsprit with Asta, Mackenzie, and Hedrek, trying to figure out how we were going to convince two tangled up sails to lie down nice and neatly and fit under a sail cover. Eventually, it worked out, though, and by that point, lunch was ready: Stir fry!

After lunch, we had Marine Biology, where we learned about Intertidal and Estuarine Ecology, then Leadership, where we continued Eulalie’s presentation from the class before. The discussion didn’t get quite as heated as last time, though, because we were all tired from a day of sailing. Then, we had some free time before dinner. In an awful turn of events, all of the restaurants in the marina were closed for the five o’clock curfew, so no smoothies for me… The showers are still open, though, at least!

Dinner was Gallo Pinto, a common Costa Rican dish with spiced rice and fried plantains served in taco form with sour cream, guac, and homemade salsa. For squeeze, we all learned something about each other that we didn’t already know. It turns out that quite a few of our shipmates have hidden talents (writing poetry!) or have met famous people (Oprah?!?!!).

Now, we are all studying or getting ready for bed, taking showers, and finishing up our day. Good night ๐Ÿ™‚

1: Goodbye, Pitons!
2: On our way
3: Hi Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚
4: Ash bringing up lunch
5: Hi Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚
6: Hey, we’re here!
7: Hi Hedrek ๐Ÿ™‚
8: Oh look, it’s a dock
9: Sunset
10: Maxime is ready for the day