Location: Soufriere, St. Lucia
Our overnight passage to St. Lucia held lots of excitement for the crew of Near Enough. As soon as we got out of the lee of Bequia, the breeze picked up, and Near Enough was sailing at a consistent 6 knots. We had to turn the engine on for a couple of hours in the lee of St. Vincent but resumed sailing quickly thereafter. Around 4 am as we changed course towards St. Lucia, the wind came around on our bow, and Mark, MC, and Boomer had to furl the jib in. However, the furling line had gotten out of the drum and was wrapped around the stay, and as the jib was under tension in the wind, Mark and Boomer had to cut the furling line, unwrap it, and attach it again. Once the operation was complete, the wind changed again, and we were able to set the jib once more. After the exciting overnight passage, we arrived in Soufriere, St. Lucia, mid-morning. Near Enough and Ocean Star anchored just south of Soufriere at Anse Mitan, at the base of the Petit Piton. After clearing in and giving Near Enough a good scrub, we brought tanks ashore to fill them and get ready for the next couple of days of scientific diving. After dinner, we took the Oceanography quiz and then watched a documentary on Irving Johnson.