Location: Basseterre, St. Kitts
Today began early, seeing as we were still on passage through the night. We had three watch teams working in a 3 hours on, 6 hours off rotation. Night watch entails a set of varied jobs that must be completed; we did comprehensive boat checks and plotted our coordinates on the hour, we had two people sitting up front on bow watch (constantly getting splashed by large swells of water), and of course someone on the helm. At about 8:30 in the morning (with land in sight) a squall moved in over the boat and the last hours of passage proved to be the toughest. When the weather cleared up we took to land; walking on solid ground felt a bit strange after acclimatizing to the constant stir of the boat. We trekked up hill for about half an hour to Brimstone Fort, a fortress erected by the British in the 1690’s.
We returned back to the boat and took our first ocean showers since before passage; I never thought cleaning off with salt water could be so refreshing. That night we reflected on our first passage, and the group felt much more close knit than on previous nights. We anchored for the night near a wreckage and tomorrow we will be getting up bright and early to dive.