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.
Geronimo just doesn’t want to slow down! We made it to the Magdalen Islands in less than 24hrs and sailed all the way onto the anchor. The islands are beautiful and their red cliffs and green hills rose dramatically up from the ocean as we neared them. Everyone was on deck to witness our landfall.
Now we are moored in La Harve- Aubert on the south end of the archipelago. After spending the morning cleaning extra thoroughly in the bunk room and galley we headed out into the small town. First we walked to the end of the community to climb two peaks that overlook the town and neighboring islands. Once back in town, free time was given so everyone could explore the small shops and cafes that line the main street. The Magdalen Islands are part of Quebec and most people here speak French. As a result, we’ve had to rely on Vivian and Krysten, who are both studying French at SG, to act as translators.
Today we ventured over to the beach on the south coast of the island. Here we ran around on the “singing sand” that squeaks when walked on. This afternoon we will likely go for our first swim call off of Geronimo and brave the cold water. Luckily for us, a warm shower at the marina is a short walk away!
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