The last two weeks onboard S/Y Ocean Star have been full of non-stop activity. We have sailed from the British Virgin Islands to St. Kitts, Nevis, and then onto Montserrat, each island bringing us new adventure and experience. All of us have completed the PADI course if we hadn’t already been certified.
Last night, the sailors of Ocean Star had a fun night out at Sunshines. We had a nice beach bonfire and celebrated a birthday with a large feast and lots of tasty desserts. The ambiance was nothing short of perfect: a full moon, a slight breeze, sailors, and tourists from lots of different latitudes. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Today, Ocean Star and her ship’s company made a small passage to Montserrat. This country experienced a natural disaster back in 1993, which flooded the capital with magma. Now the capital city has moved to the other side of the island, where we are currently anchored. The voyage here was very pleasant with sunny skies and good winds, and we are happy to report that those who were plagued with seasickness on the last passage were all feeling good to go this time around! It was also the first time we had four sails up, bringing the Jib sail into play in addition to the mainsail, foresail, and staysail. It’s good practice for our long passage to Grenada in 2 days’ time. The head chef and his assistants cooked up some amazing meals today. Every day, they keep us fed and energized. Being focused and motivated are two big factors that help create a productive learning environment. Not only are we here to learn, but we are also here to experience life on a schooner in the historic Caribbean islands, something not everyone has the ability to expose themselves to in their entire lifetimes.