Location: English Harbour, Antigua
Do you, or someone you know, suffer from seasickness? If you know someone aboard Ocean Star, the odds of you answering Yes just went up substantially!
On our bouncy passage from Guadeloupe to Antigua, the ocean took control and threw the whole crew, including our stomachs, for a loop.
Today mother nature reminded us why respecting mothers is so essential. She tossed us around, and we had a productive morning. Today was the first day the staff stepped back and handed over the power to the shipmates. So, this morning at 0530, in the spirit of intense moments, I turned on the best wake-up/pump-up song of 2009, The Climb by Miley Cyrus.
We prepared for passage as if we had done it a few times before. An anchor team got together, and a helmsperson hopped on the helm so we could be on our way. The passage began, and we navigated around Pigeon Island and made our way towards Antigua. En route to Antigua, many of us felt the motion of the ocean in our stomachs. Some people even took a front-row seat to the cap rail at the stern for easy access to a scenic upchuck into the sea. I must say, the way my feet dangled past the Ocean Star sign while watching the white bubbles from our wake rise to the surface was exceptional.
Once we arrived in English Harbor and sailed past the Pillars of Hercules, we quickly dropped sails and made our entrance. With the help of everyone aboard, Ocean Star was maneuvered onto the dock, our home for the next few days. The rainy weather formed a beautiful double rainbow framing the harbor. The rainbow kept us company as we did an impromptu deck scrub. Because who doesnt love a clean deck?
We now had the chance to feel some incredibly reliable and stable land under our feet. On the agenda for the evening was brunch for dinner, including a yummy potato hash, a hearty tofu scramble, sausages, and homemade biscuits. Afterward, we had class and then some free time before bed. Some people winded down by enjoying a passionfruit right off the boat while chatting with people from sailboats nearby.