St. George’s School blends the strong traditions of its past with a bold vision for the future: to prepare young people in a journey of joy and discovery to lead “lives of constructive service to the world.” Located on a 125-acre campus overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, St. George’s is home to 370 boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1896 as an Episcopal boarding school by the Rev. John Byron Diman, the school lives firmly in the 21st century, with state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities. A community drawn from a wide range of traditions and backgrounds in the U.S. and around the world, St. George’s extends opportunities for teachers and students to deepen their skills, find new passions and discover their best selves, whether that be in a DNA sequencing lab, in competition on the basketball court, at sea navigating by starlight, or abroad in one of our unique service-learning internships. With a faculty committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for intellectual, social and personal development, St. George’s continues to fulfill its mission through enrolling a diverse, academically talented, and well-rounded student body.
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As the crew of Geronimo packed the boat Sunday for a more-than-two-week transatlantic journey to Grenada in the West Indies, they made sure to pack some important food. “We have loaded on everything from turkey and stuffing, to cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie,” reported Captain Mike Dawson. Tomorrow the eight students on board — Tristan Lewis ’17, Charis Todd ’18, Madison Tregenza ’18, Julia Ludwig ’18, Oscar MacGillivray ’19, Colin MacGillivray ’19, Spencer McLane ’19 and Wyatt Fogg ’19, along with the four professional sailors overseeing them — will celebrate Thanksgiving with the smell of saltwater, and perhaps gravy, in the air.
The crew’s journey began in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands on Nov. 20. This morning the boat was about 460 nautical miles into her 2,800-nautical-mile voyage and had just crossed the Tropic of Cancer. “We are making excellent time so far,” said Captain Dawson, who is working alongside Chief Mate Stu Siddons, Second Mate Alyce Flanagan, and Geronimo Captain and additional watch officer Jill Hughes. “It’s hard to predict exactly when we will arrive,” he said. “It could take 17 days or closer to 20 days.”
Four days into their adventure, the students— three Geronimo veterans and five new to the program — were doing quite well, he reported.
“As you can imagine, a long voyage at sea can be demanding — the variable weather, occasional discomfort, the rigors of standing four hours on and eight hours off, and living in close quarters with 11 other people for several weeks.”
The crew, he added, “has a great attitude and have eagerly embraced these challenges.”
Dawson expected to be solidly in the trade winds within the next several days, and said the boat would make a turn to the west after it reaches the latitude of Grenada. “At this point we are getting close to our halfway point and will have a Thanksgiving celebration, for sure,” he said.
To read Captain Dawson’s blog reports and to keep track of Geronimo’s whereabouts, visit our website at www.stgeorges.edu/geronimo
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