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 in 2017-18 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.
Back at the Dock
We are securely alongside in St. Martin. The students successfully navigated Geronimo to our final port of the voyage. Divided into three watches, each group selected a student to be the leader for each part of the transit. To begin, Oliver handily sailed Geronimo off the hook (anchor) in Montserrat. We were able to sail for a few hours before the wind vanished and we were forced to motor. Luckily at sunset we were close enough to St. Kitts to take advantage of the onshore breeze and enjoy a few more hours of sailing. In the early morning we spotted St. Martin. Svenja, being in charge of the deck for our arrival, successfully selected and piloted Geronimo to an anchorage just off of the marina. Everyone’s contributions truly made this transit a success.
Yesterday we came to a dock for the first time since Grenada. The students readied the dock lines and fenders and all aboard tried to find their cleanest shirt to wear for arrival. After Geronimo was squared away here at the dock we piled into a taxi to head to the famous Simpson Bay to celebrate the completion of everyone’s schoolwork and marine science final.
Today we gave back to the ship, emptying all the compartments on board and giving the boat a thorough deep cleaning. It’s tiring work but the difference is noticeable. We made quite a scene at the marina in the process, having all the contents of the galley and main saloon strewn about the deck. Now everything is put back together and the boat looks great!
Tonight we will enjoy one last dinner together as a crew and take time to reflect on the voyage, highlighting the challenges and successes we had along the way.
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