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.
Last Night Aboard
We are in the final stretch of the Spring Geronimo voyage with tonight being the students’ last night on board. Over the course of the past 6 weeks we have covered more than 2500nm sailing from Puerto Rico back home to Rhode Island. It has been an excellent voyage and we are excited to be the crew to deliver Geronimo back to Newport and St. George’s.
The last few days on the boat have been jam packed. Late Tuesday we arrived in Block Island where Mary smoothly docked Geronimo with little instruction from the crew. Our stay on Block Island was made all the better by the generosity of the Elwell family who acted as our hosts for our time there, providing pizza and wings upon arrival and a tour of the island the next day. Before long though, we had to keep pushing on to Narragansett Bay. Thursday the students had their Marine Science practical. This consisted of each student tacking and gybing the boat, directing the other crew through the maneuver. Everyone did very well. Natalie stood out as the only student to execute a perfect gybe without missing a step.
Today we are in Bristol, RI making final preparations for our return to Newport. In the morning the USCG stopped by the boat for our annual inspection. We were asked to go for a short sail and demonstrate how we would react in an emergency situation. The students demonstrated confidently how much they had learned and how integral they are to the safe operation of Geronimo. Currently the students are taking their marine science final exam, once completed we will go out to dinner to celebrate and reflect on our voyage.
Tomorrow morning we will all be up early to get underway for Newport!
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