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.
Cumberland Island is a barrier island on the Georgia coastline and is only accessible by boat. Once predominantly owned by the Carnegie family the southern half of the island is now mostly managed by the National Park Service. On Friday morning we hauled back the anchor and made the short 5nm trip from Florida to Georgia and tied up to the dock at the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island. This island is a favorite stop amongst the professional crew on board and we were eager to share it with the students.
Over the course of our twenty four hours there we explored what seemed like a never ending beach and sand dunes, climbed live oak trees covered in Spanish moss and walked the trails of the island. Often we would encounter a wild horse or armadillo on our path as we went. Everyone enjoyed being at a dock for the night, a reprieve from anchor watch, and the ability to stretch their legs. Also on the island is a camp site complete with showers, albeit only with cold water. Many students still took advantage of the fresh water and rinsed 4 weeks worth of salt water off.
Currently we are making our approach to Charleston Harbor where we plan to tie up alongside the Spirit of South Carolina, another sail training vessel that will play host to us for the next few days. A Watch currently has the deck with Natalie and Jackson sailing us up to the harbor entrance. Then it will be Mary and Zoey’s turn to pilot us to the marina.
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