Location: Oranjestad, St. Eustatius

The warm sun rose over the small island of Ile Fourchue, warming the hull of Ocean Star and waking all of the crew. Everyone is so used to the routine by now that I had no one to wake up; they were already up doing their morning reading or heating water in the kettle for coffee. Being skipper was very easy today because Julia and Josh were leading their own passage to St. Eustatius (an island we had seen from a distance only months ago). It was a great green passage, as in the engine was off, and we were moving the old fashion way, by wind power. They did a great job leading the passage, getting us to St. Eustatius a little early. We passed massive tankers as well as a fueling station on our way in.
Once anchored, the crew dispersed. The ones who had finished all of their work took this time to watch a movie or read and others finished up their research projects. All the divers training to become rescue divers went over their final exams; everyone passed, yay! Now we just need to pass our scenarios to become rescue diver certified. Divers are excited about the wreck dive sites that we had to avoid on our way into the anchorage. Everyone is looking forward to hiking another volcano with the added prospect of going inside a crater.