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.
Great Dog, The Baths and Salt Island
From Gorda Sound our plan was to continue west. Janna sailed us off the anchor and out through the channel from the sound - and did a great job in challenging conditions. After gybing over and getting us on course to Great Dog – she handed over to Truckie. He brought us into the anchorage on the south end of the island and confidently sailed us up to the anchor. We spent the afternoon snorkeling and then relaxing and studying back on board. At sunset, we set sail for an anchorage about 4 n.m. to the west. Hannah did a fine job as JWO, under challenging conditions sailing us off the anchor – as did Shivam sailing us up to the anchor in the dark.
Yesterday morning we awoke early and made our way to The Baths – a beautiful area on the south end of Virgin Gorda with large boulder-formed caves and sandy pocket beaches. We spent the morning exploring – then Charlotte patiently sailed us off the mooring and slowly on to Salt Island – just about 6 nautical miles to our west. After lunch, she handed over the watch to Eric who persistently and carefully tacked our way to the anchorage at Salt Island – gliding up to the anchor under sail. The afternoon was spent swimming and we had a peaceful evening at anchor.
This morning, after a class on coral reefs, most students went out to snorkel on a reef and the wreck of the HMS Rhone. Everyone is ashore now checking out the salt pond and resulting salt formations on the island. Plan is to get underway in a few minutes.
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