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.
Catching a Ride on the Gulf Stream
We are underway for Florida! Our departure from the Bahamas was delayed by a day as we waited for some unsettled weather to pass, but now we are sailing along the coast of Grand Bahama Island pressing on for the Gulf Stream.
Jackson organized his fellow shipmates to get us underway from our anchorage at Highbourne Cay. The first leg of the voyage was westerly across the Exuma Banks eventually reaching the Tongue of the Ocean. This was the first deeper water we have transited through in days. It wouldn’t last long though as we next had to pilot through the North West Channel and Mackie Banks. Natalie remained focused on the helm as she steered Geronimo both onto shallow water and in close proximity to other vessels also using this route. In the early hours of the morning Mary and her watch brought us off the banks and into the North West Providence Channel opening the way to Florida to the west of us.
Now we are patiently waiting for the wind to fill back in from the South so we can make some more progress to the West and join the Gulf Stream to give us a boost to the north.
Spirits are good aboard Geronimo. Everyone is enjoying the pleasant weather, calm seas and fresh fish for dinner.
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