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Location: Rosseau, Dominica

What better way to rouse some groggy minds than a 6:30 am fire drill. Last night’s memories of a shore BBQ and subsequent reopening of Club Ocean Star immediately seemed a thing of the past as 12 weary shipmates bundled up the companionway frantically trying to don PFDs with firefighting pillows in hand. An early morning date with our good friend and island tour guide, Seacat, was the reason behind such an early start to the day. For those who embarked on today’s island fruit tour, the “green island” lay waiting to be explored. Gardens of fruit, waterfalls, scenic photos, and a visit to the last remaining Carib Indian reserve were just a few of the stops on an all-day adventure around Dominica. For those of us who remained aboard, a day of routine maintenance and varnishing was on the card. Kris and Eric, dressed for battle, waged war with the freshwater pump, emerging victorious an hour later. Kris, fresh off the back of the morning victory, foolishly got himself into an argument with the ship’s printer. An hour and a half later, the printer surrendered, and Kris was celebrating his second victory of the day. Meanwhile, the island tour was concluding, and 10 incredibly warn our shipmates (and 2 staff) made their way back on board. Some chose to steal an hour’s nap whilst others used the time to catch up on some school work. A delicious meal of chili and rice was on the menu for supper, followed by an intriguing Marine Biology Lecture on Estuaries. on behalf of myself and 10 very sleepy students, I wish you a good night.