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Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Today started an hour earlier. We watched the sun rise over the mountains as we set off for Road Town. Breakfast en route was blueberry and banana nut muffins as anything more complicated would have flown all over the deck. This morning also consisted of our third and fourth oceanography lectures. In the couple hours of down time after lecture, some of the crew played card games while the rest caught up on their sleep.

Ocean Star set off for Mountain Point late morning. We motored through the channel for a couple hours before securing the boat and raising the sails. It went a little quicker this time, but we still had many questions as the staff guided us through it. It was nice to finally sail again. We sailed to Mt. Point and dropped anchor upon arrival. For our first anchor drop, we did pretty well.

Most of us took some quick ocean showers before dinner. It’s still pretty different than the norm, but we’re all getting used to it. We brought the tables up on deck and sat around them for dinner together. I know it’s only Day 8, but it feels like we’ve known each other for months. Those of us not Open Water Certified had our dive exam this evening and afterwards we got split into our Watch Teams. The three watch teams will take turns sailing Ocean Star in intervals of 4 hours on and 8 hours off while we are underway. However, they also serve a dual purpose if something goes wrong and an emergency arises. Each team has specific responsibilitiesto ensure the safety of Ocean Star, and most importantly to ensure the safety of her crew. Some would find this information a bit intimidating, but we absolutely feel more secure with the knowledge that each of us is looking out for the other.

Goodnight!

Will S.