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 his 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 it’s a Sunday and a holiday in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, however, we were set a little bit behind schedule. This setback 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.