Location: Prickly Bay, Grenada
It was an early morning to watch team one as we relieved watch team three from active watch at 0400 hours. Grateful to be off watch, they got themselves down below and fell into their bunks to be rocked to sleep as Ocean Star rolled in the swells. Watch team one settled in for our four-hour watch taking care of the boat and everyone else sleeping below. Time passed slowly at first with only the sound of the waves and the 30-knot winds urging Ocean Star to her next port. Soon enough, the bright full moon set and the sky turned bright orange with a stunning sunrise. Others started to wake up as we maneuvered Ocean Star into the lee of Grenada and around the southwest headland and Glover Island toward Prickly Bay. With everyone on deck, the crew dropped sails in record time and got the starboard anchor ready to drop. Dropping the hook on the outskirts of the crowded anchorage, we completed our longest passage of the trip (316 nautical miles) and arrived at the southernmost point in our voyage. After putting the boat away, the rest of the day was spent catching up on classwork for oceanography and marine biology. After an awesome dinner of Pad Thai, the crew is settling down to watch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, a staff favorite. I have a feeling that it is going to be an early night for most of us as we recuperate from our long passage. Tomorrow, we show our love for Ocean Star and her taking such good care of us at sea, by taking care of her in our first Boat Appreciation Day. We’re all looking forward to the next leg of our voyage and the chance to explore the incredible island of Grenada.