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.
We awoke in Little Bay, Montserrat and spent the morning preparing to get underway and putting in some study time. With the mainsail set and the anchor hauled back we glided out of Montserrat in a light ESE’ly breeze. By the time we had passed by the island of Redonda we were moving at a good clip on a nice broad reach. Past Nevis and St. Kitt’s - just at about midnight we passed Saba. The near-full moon bathed the deck in bright light. This was our crew’s first sail through the night and the conditions were ideal. By dawn we were under 50 nautical miles to Virgin Gorda – but we weren’t able to see land until close to lunch time. Eric and Charlotte were in watch as we sailed into the anchorage in North Sound Virgin Gorda – ghosting up to our anchorage in the lee of Prickly Pear Island.
This morning we cleared Customs and Immigration for the British Virgin Islands – and then commenced the JWO (Junior Watch Officer) phase of our trip. Hull was the first up, and he did a fine job tucking a reef in the main and sailing us off the anchor. On our way to the next anchorage we had a Port vs. Starboard Watch race, of sorts. Each watch completed a course as fast as they could. It was close, but Port Watch (Eric, Elise, Truckie and Hannah) were victorious. Elise then took over as JWO and did an excellent job sailing us up to the anchor just off the Bitter End Yacht Club. Janna put out chicken Caesar salad for lunch - followed by a swim call and a much-welcomed fresh water rinse. Ashore to explore and dinner out rounded out a full day.
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