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.
St. John, USVI
At dawn on Thursday morning we sailed over to Princess Bay under jib alone and picked up a mooring for the day. Caroline Rogers, a marine ecologist and daughter of former faculty member Robin Rogers, met up with us in the morning to tell us about her research in Virgin Islands National Park. She then took us snorkeling to show us the unique coral communities on the edges of mangroves in the Hurricane Hole area. The students really enjoyed the opportunity to see this amazing area. At the end of the day, Eric sailed us off the mooring and up to an anchorage just a few miles away in Round Bay just as the sun was setting.
Yesterday, Charlotte did an outstanding job as JWO sailing us out of Round Bay and around the east side of St. John. She then handed over to Elise, who gybed us down Sir Francis Drake Channel and sailed us up to the mooring perfectly in Leinster Bay. We had a relaxing afternoon swimming and exploring ashore.
This morning, Hull did a fine job sailing us off the mooring in Leinster, down through the Narrows and into Francis Bay before the wind disappeared and, with engine assist, brought us up to the mooring. Ashore to explore the island - a vigorous climb to the top of the island, then we picked up a bus to have Coral Harbor where we had lunch (and saw donkeys). We picked up the bus back to Cruz Bay, then on to Cinnamon Bay for swimming in the turquoise-blue Caribbean before heading back to Geronimo for the evening.
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