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 are underway for our first extended passage. With Puerto Rico growing smaller behind us we’ve set our sights on the the Bahamas. Students will be working in three watches to ensure the successful and safe passage of Geronimo as we operate 24 hours a day. Many are looking forward to standing watch in the middle of the night and getting into the general at sea routine.
Our last few days in Puerto Rico were filled with excursions ashore to supplement the Marine Ecology portion of the Marine Science class taught on board the boat. First we stopped in Jobos Bay where we were fortunate enough to be guided around the Nature Reserve that makes up much of the bay. Our guide Ernesto told us about what makes mangroves and the ecosystems they inhabit so unique. This was a great introduction to a habitat we will frequently see along the voyage and one Mary and Julia will be presenting on later in the trip.
From here we traveled to Isla Caja de Muertos about 5nm off the Puerto Rico coast. Here we had our first opportunity to snorkel, seeing schools of fish and rays along the beach. Next we were off to La Parguera on the southwest end of mainland Puerto Rico. Jackson kept his cool as he steered Geronimo through the obstacle course of reefs and mangrove islands that we had to navigate through to get to our anchorage for the night. After a short Marine Science class we all headed ashore for our last bit of land and Puerto Rican culture before saying goodbye to the Isla del Encanto, as it often known, and heading for the Mona Passage.
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