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 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.
Greetings from Pugwash, Nova Scotia! Geronimo is docked along with the vessels Katie Belle and Atyla for the weekend as part of the town’s Harbour Fest and Canada Day celebrations.
We left Pitcou early yesterday morning to ensure we made it to Pugwash on the slack tide. This harbor requires special attention when proceeding in as there is a large tidal difference and a river with a strong current at the end of the bay. Kenta was on the helm for the majority of the passage up the channel and smoothly brought us up to our dock.
The students are becoming at home aboard Geronimo and are settled into the routines. They are also becoming strong navigators. With so much coastal sailing ahead of us the focus on watch has been understanding terrestrial navigation and finding our position with a three bearing fix. The student’s confidently piloted us to Pugwash and ensured that we arrived on time for the tide.
Prior to our transit here we spent the afternoon in Pictou. This small town was welcoming and shared their marina facilities with us, so everyone could enjoy a shower on shore. We also visited the Northumberland Strait’s Fisheries Museum and lobster hatchery. Our guide explained the importance of fishing in the community and allowed us to hold some of the lobsters at the hatchery.
Today we will welcome the public down to the dock. The students will be working in rotations to greet the public and answer any questions people may have about the vessel or program.
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