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Location: Les Saintes to Dominica

Tomer! Tomer! We need the oven now! I heard Jack (Sous-Chef) whispering in desperation. Its 6:10 am. Its my wake-up call. Our industrial electric oven requires a running generator for power, so we turned it ON and, at the same time, ran the dive-tank compressor and charged batteries. We love a multitasking generator. As soon as Penelopes (Head Chef) delicious breakfast frittata emerged from the oven, we started our precious water-maker (desalination plant) and filled up our 5000-litre port water tank.

Minutes after breakfast clean-up, I sat in the dinghy with Gabes dive group. Its a question of relationship, I said, pointing at our dinghy outboard motor when it roared in obedience after my first pull of the starter cord. On other days, the motor can act out in defiance of a dead horse. During the short dinghy shuttle from Argo to the dive site, everybody closed their eyes (no, not me, I was steering), stretched their arms sideways in the famous Titanic pose, and imagined we were flying. We even flapped our wings but kept sea-level altitude at all times.

Returning to Argo, I joined Toby, Melina, Anton, and Michael sweating our Main Staysail Outhaul. Take all you can, give nothing back! called Mac, and Max did just that: tailing the line around a cleat until the Staysail was bone-stretched. That was one of the 49 checkboxes on our passage preparations list. Lets build a fire line of dive tanks, called Sam. From halyards to jack-lines, nav lights, and davits everything onboard has to be either ready to use for sailing or securely stowed away before we raise our anchor.

After lunch, we set sail and headed South to Portsmouth, Dominica. The forecasted wind wasnt too promising, so Makena and Max prepared a Plan B for motoring to ensure we didnt arrive too late. However, the actual wind filled Argos sail and propelled us gracefully over smooth water at 6-7 knots the entire way. All hands were on deck, hoisting and trimming four of our sails. The soothing sound of Argos hull breaking the water mixed with laughter and sea breeze. Once again, it felt like flying at zero altitude. Welcome to Dominica!

Tomer.

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