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.
Geronimo sailed into the anchorage at Little Bay on Montserrat at 2100. Eric was at the helm for the last leg, and executed several tacks as we glided into the anchorage in the lee of the island. The next morning started off with french toast for breakfast, courtesy of Elise - and the balance of the morning was devoted to study hall. Burritos for lunch, followed by a tour of the island. Our first stop was to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory for some spectacular views of the volcano. Our guide, Joe, then brought us through the former exclusion zone and to a remarkable overlook of Plymouth - the town that was devastated by the pyroclastic flows from the volcano - and now stands mostly buried and unoccupied. Back on board for a swim call and dinner, capped off by Janna's much-anticipated birthday cake.
Hull made chocolate chip pancakes, eggs and bacon for breakfast, with the help of Truckie. Our plan is to depart toward the British Virgin Islands by lunch, it should take us about 24 hours or so. The crew is looking forward to our first overnight sail and first experience with downwind sailing.
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