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.
Underway for Bahia de Jobos
The Spring Geronimo voyage has begun! The students arrived to the vessel late Saturday and quickly moved into their bunks and settled in. Sunday morning began with a hearty breakfast prepared by Zoey. Her meal of pancakes, eggs, bacon and fruit set the bar high for future cooks and was a great way to start the trip off. The morning was spent going over safety material and walking through our shipboard and individual responses in case of an emergency. Ready for a break from the sun and marina, we piled into two cars and headed to El Yunque. Here we hiked to La Mina Falls and swam in the pools at its base. Back on the boat we made ready to get underway for a nearby anchorage. Hallie very smoothly steered us out of the slip and all the way to the anchorage.
Today we had an early breakfast, this time it was Julia’s turn to cook and afterwards we rolled right into line handling and setting sail instructions. By 8:30 we were underway for the south coast of Puerto Rico. Next on the agenda was our first formal Marine Science class where we discussed the basics of chart work and how to find your position with a three bearing fix.
At the moment we are roughly 25 nm away from this evening's destination in the Bahia de Jobos. The students have been divided into watches and are getting familiar with steering Geronimo downwind. I hope to be at the anchorage by sundown where we will celebrate Chris’s 16th birthday.
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