Geronimo is a voyage of self-discovery. Student crew members discover the joys and challenges of life aboard a 69-foot cutter as they sail along one leg of a tour that will take the boat along the eastern coast of the U.S., from Rhode Island to the Bahamas and back. As they live, learn and explore together, classmates discover what it truly means to be a crew.

Captain’s Log

Exploring Vieques

After a full day in Culebra it was time to get underway again, setting our sights on Vieques. This island is also a part of Puerto Rico and lies to the south of Culebra. Anna piloted us out of the inner harbor of Culebra before we broke into watches for our 20nm trip. Victoria channeled her racing skills and worked to keep Geronimo sailing as close to the wind as possible to ensure we would round the east end of Vieques. After roughly eight hours underway we arrived at our anchorage for the night, tucked in behind Cayo Real in front of the small town of Esperanza.

Vieques may best be known for its high concentrations of bioluminescence. It’s home to Mosquito Bay which is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. Fortunately for us we were able to experience it first hand! A little rain wasn’t going to stop us from renting kayaks and paddling through the glowing water. It was a truly memorable experience.

This morning we sailed off the mooring and began heading back towards the Puerto Rican mainland. It was a wet sail with frequent downpours. Luckily for us though, the wind was from a favorable direction and we had a quick sail over to Isla Palominos. For much of the transit we were sailing in the company of Loggerhead turtles.

Tomorrow we will head back to the Marina for our last night together as a crew aboard Geronimo. Hopefully there will be time after securing the boat and doing a thorough cleaning of the vessel to head into Old San Juan.
Posted by Mike Dawson in Archived - 2017 March Break on Sunday March 26, 2017
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Puerto Rico March Break Trip Underway

After a long day of travel to the boat, the student crew began to settle in to their new surroundings. Tuesday morning we had an early wake up to prepare the boat for getting underway. After a filling breakfast cooked by Nurzhan we went over some basic line handling before getting off the dock. Jack smoothly maneuvered Geronimo around the marina before passing the wheel to Lauren who brought us to a nearby anchorage. Here we had lunch and took our first dip in the warm Caribbean waters. The remainder of the day was spent discussing shipboard safety and practicing maneuvering the vessel. Everyone took turns in the different roles required to tack and gybe the boat. Just before sunset we anchored behind Puerta Medio Mundo point.

This morning after cleaning the ship inside and out we sailed off the anchor, with Rose at the helm, bound for Culebra. Despite the fact that our destination was only 18nm away it took nearly all day to get there. With the wind out of the Southeast we had to work our way to windward to make it to tonight's anchorage. After more than 7 hours of sailing Lexi brought us through the narrow reef into the heart of Culebra.
Quickly we got the small boat in the water and headed to shore to check out the small town of Dewey. Tomorrow we plan to dedicate the whole day to exploring the island further, hoping to visit Flamenco beach and find a few good spots for snorkeling.
Posted by Mike Dawson in Archived - 2017 March Break on Thursday March 23, 2017
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