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.
In the morning, Hannah took the helm as we sailed off the hook and gybed over to our course. We performed drills in the lee of the island and then fell off toward St. Kitt’s and Statia. The sea direction would create a rather rolly anchorage in Statia – so we continued on to St. Kitt’s directly – rounding the northwest edge of the island in the early afternoon. We cleared in with Customs and then continued south to our anchorage at White House Bay on the southern arm of the island - sailing up to the anchor with Shivam at the helm several hours after dark.
Yesterday we had study hall in the morning, then went ashore to explore the island. We first drove to the scenic and remarkable fortress – Brimstone Hill. Other highlights include seeing the black rocks of a recent lava flow, seeing monkeys, exploring Basse-Terre and swimming at a near-perfect beach. Back on board, Eric and Shivam put together dinner, Janna made cookie dough and we had a quiet night on board.
Hannah and Elise started our late-wake-up day off with breakfast. Our plan today is to stay anchored in White House Bay – have marine science class, go snorkeling, swimming and then watching the Superbowl or finding wifi ashore.
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