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.
Off to the Races!
We are currently cruising at 9kts across the Gulf of Maine aiming for the first waypoint of the course. Its been a competitive race and at all times we have been in sight of other vessels. This has built extra excitement and pressure to stay ahead of them. The crew has done remarkably well adjusting to their new surroundings and responsibilities on board. The students were thrown right into the thick of it and have risen to the occasion. Sailing Geronimo at this speed demands a lot of attention. Kenta and Vivian have already stood out as skilled helmsmen, both are able to hold a steady course, in challenging conditions, for their entire turn on the helm. Kari led the charge in the galley this morning preparing us breakfast after four hours on watch. Mac put together a navigation presentation about the race and our opponents that he shared this afternoon. Everyone has been contributing to the success of this leg of the voyage.
We are roughly a third of the way through the course and expect to cross the finish line in less than two days time. It will be interesting to see how the sailing conditions change as we round Cape Sable at the southern end of Nova Scotia.
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