Location: Roseau, Dominica

This morning the crew woke up to one of our favorite alarms, the bilge alarm, at the early time of 5:40 A.M. There was a minor freshwater leak in the engine room. But since it gets easily fixed, we all got to return back to sleep until it was time for our actual wake up around 7all of us except for Captain Ben, that is. As the wonderful Skipper he is, he road to shore with first mate, Tor, searching for a cab to haul him off to customs at 6 A.M in hopes of departing from Martinique before lunchtime. Customs and immigration can prove to be difficult when its a Sunday and a holiday in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, however, we were set a little bit behind schedule. This set back did not slow the Ocean Star crew back too far as we finished our OCE exams, swam a few laps around the boat, and did our final passage prep excited for our adventure to Dominica, known as the ‘Nature Island.’ We arrived just after 8 P.M. (an hour before our original ETA) and had one of my favorite sails yet. It’s fun to see how far we have come as a crew and look at tasks that once seemed endless and are now a part of our routine. Our crew has and continues to flourish together, and it will be interesting to see where we end up in a little under 40 days’ time.