Happy Leap Day! The brilliant yellow Caribbean sun rose at 6:25 a.m., and we motored out of our docking in Bridgetown, Barbados, at about 9:30 a.m. and began our journey west towards St. Lucia and Dominica. Before we sail away from the beautiful island of Barbados, here is a brief sketch of its history: the original name given by the Arawak (the native inhabitants who arrived here from South America ca. 800 C.E.) for the island of Barbados is Ichirougaiam, which means the “island with the white teeth,” a reference to the coral reefs surrounding the island and the difficulty of getting a canoe through the reefs. The current name comes from the Portuguese word barbados for “bearded ones” and likely stems from the name the navigators gave to the dangling roots of the fig tree. Though the Portuguese sailed here in 1536, the island is essentially English, owing to the English immigrants who arrived here in 1625 and stayed.