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.
Nearly to Rhode Island
We have had a great transit up the east coast. On Saturday we rounded Cape Hatteras cruising at 9kts on a broad reach. Within 24hrs of our departure from Cape Lookout we were at the mouth of the Chesapeake. Covering just shy of 200nm in 24hrs. Since then the wind has been more sporadic and we have at times needed to motor to keep our speed up.
More than on any previous leg of the voyage the students have especially come together on this passage as shipmates and as sailors. They have handled the range of conditions calmly and thoughtfully. They continue to show excitement for sailing and for life on board. We have really hit our stride as a crew.
We are, however, working to embrace the cooler temperatures we are now sailing in. Almost immediately after rounding Cape Hatteras the sea and air temp started to decrease drastically. Warmer jackets and gloves are being passed around between the watches and lots of tea and hot chocolate is being consumed.
Later today we hope to make it to Block Island where we will spend the night, our first port of call back in Rhode Island.
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