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.
On the move again
Once again we are on the move, this time bound for Pictou, Nova Scotia. Geronimo spent the last two nights rafted alongside the Spirit of South Carolina in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. This was a popular stopover for other vessels from the race as it is a port of entry into Canada. Before we knew it 8 other vessels from the fleet were tied up in the harbor, 5 of us all rafted together at the end of the pier. It was great to be able to meet the other crews and see some of the other vessels we had been watching closely on our navigation instruments during the race.
Yesterday afternoon was dedicated to exploring Cape Breton. We started with lunch at the Cape Breton Celtic Music Interpretive Centre. During lunch hours the centre has musicians playing music unique to the island and a brief lesson is given on its origins and traditions. Afterwards we drove to the Bras d’Or Lakes and the town of Baddeck. Here the students were given some free time and a chance to stretch their legs.
This morning we prepared to get back underway. In order to pass through the Strait we needed to transit through a lock. Krysten steered us in and Kenta and Vivian manned the mooring lines as we came down three feet to meet the tidal level of the other side of the strait. A minke whale was there to welcome us into none other than St George’s Bay, the body of water on the western side of the Strait of Canso.
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