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.
Turks and Caicos
Geronimo has added a new country its two year Atlantic voyage with our stop in Turks and Caicos. Exploring Providenciales Island has been a great reward after our first major passage together. The trip was filled with both upwind and downwind sailing and one very damp rain filled night. It really poured! The students are becoming more and more comfortable with handling the vessel and navigation. All can now find the ship’s position with a three bearing fix and through deduced reckoning. Some of the students have even gone out of their way to learn new nautical tasks, like Rachel who has been calculating sunrise and sunset for us each day.
Coming on to Caicos Banks was an exciting moment. First because of its shallow depths and second because of the beautiful light blue water we began transiting. Julia, Mary and Zoey were selected to be the helmsmen for this tricky passage which demanded a lot of focus while on the helm to keep us on a safe route in. Chris, with the help of Jackson, made ready and let go the anchor once we arrived in Sapodilla Bay, our destination for the next few nights.
Today was our first day ashore. After a study hall this morning we drove to the north coast of the island to explore Grace Bay. After our time here we went to the Caicos Conch Farm, which specializes in farming Queen Conch. Here we learned about the life cycle of the mollusk and what is entailed to raise them. The students got to hold and lure the animals out of their shells. The conch were surprisingly curious and willing to come out and investigate as we held them. Tomorrow morning we plan to head to Smith’s Reef for some snorkeling and in the afternoon attend a Fish Fry gathering held in town with music and dancing.
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