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.
The crew of Geronimo has spent the last two days in Charleston, SC. This was our first stop in a city since the students joined the boat in Puerto Rico. Our transit north from Georgia was very smooth and had us arriving late in the afternoon on Sunday. The crew of the Spirit of South Carolina was on deck to greet us and catch our mooring lines when we arrived. We were also pleasantly surprised to see the Swedish sailing training ship Gunilla also docked nearby.
Monday morning was dedicated to wandering around Charleston enjoying local shops and food. In the afternoon we had a marine science class at the South Carolina Aquarium where we looked at the exhibits which related to the ecosystem presentations the students have made throughout the trip. Afterwards we had the opportunity to tour the sea turtle hospital associated with the aquarium. This was particularly interesting after our hands-on experience with sea turtles in the Bahamas. In the evening we were given a tour of the sailing school vessel Gunilla by some of their students. This was a great experience as Gunilla is also a high school program at sea and the students were able to directly compare experiences on very different style vessels.
Tuesday was the Charleston Scavenger Hunt, an activity that has become a tradition for Geronimo students. Broken into two teams the crew was given a list of 40 tasks to complete in 3 hours. Most of which focused on the history and culture of Charleston. In the evening we got together with the crews of the other vessels for a potluck dinner and soccer match.
We are now underway for Cape Lookout on the North Carolina coast. We plan to arrive there tomorrow afternoon where we will decide when to make our push around Cape Hatteras. Everyone is already settled back in the underway routine. We have a light easterly breeze and are making 6kts motor sailing. Most students are up on deck reading or journaling while enjoying the nice weather.
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