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.
Sailing to Grand Case
The first full day of any trip is busy – and this was no exception. There was lots of information to pass on to the new crew. Safety orientation led the way, followed by line-handling and on-deck skills. After a quick lunch – we sailed off the anchor under a reefed mainsail with Hannah at the helm. It was gusting to 25 knots, lots of wind for our first day. The student crew did quite well, with everyone getting a chance to steer through a tack and practice handling lines. Truckie was at the wheel when we sailed up to the anchor in Baie de Grand Case. After plotting a visual fix, we commenced our first swim call. The water was warm, tropical and just about perfect. Janna and Charlotte put together an excellent dinner of lasagna, broccoli and salad. As I write this study hall is in full swing in the main saloon. Plan is to head for points south tomorrow – looking at a few possibilities for anchorages based on our progress.
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