Location: West End, BVI
Bright and early at 6am the Ocean Star crew awoke to our final day. Our morning began with preparations for our final sail and departure tomorrow. After our simple cereal breakfast we met up with our fellow Sea|Mester brethren from Firebolt to begin to put up 5 sails, the Main Sail, Foresail, Staysail, Jib and Flying Jib. Putting up the first three went smoothly and quickly, as our long familiarity and experience over our voyage prepared us for such an event. With three of our sails up we left Great Harbor Peter and the preparations for raising our last two sails for the day began. Our crew had never sailed with 5 sails before, and only a few had sailed with 4 thus the atmosphere was tense with anticipation. Ocean Star erupted with the sound of shouting voices and loud winds as the command to raise the sails was given, lines began to fly in the wind, whipping around and only being held down by the will, muscles and determination of our crew. As crew members maneuvered around the deck as one fluid unit, tending the lines, the sails finally caught the wind and our last graceful voyage began. A few trips across the bay and skillful tacks later we returned to Great Harbor Peter to return the Firebolters to their home. After hauling down the sails, we set out to return to the dock where our trip all began.