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.
Navigating the Currents
Geronimo is well on her way to Quebec City. Yesterday, the students decided that the best time to leave Rimouski, based on tides and currents in the river, was 11 pm. So after a taco dinner prepared by Kari, most of the crew went to bed for a brief while before having to get up and get underway. Through the night there was little wind which allowed us to make steady progress using our engine. Around 8 this morning shouts came from on deck announcing the presences of beluga whales. For roughly the next hour we had a marine mammal show all around us seeing belugas, minkes, seals, and dolphins just off of the boat. Kenta was quick to grab his camera and capture as much of it as possible.
The students just had another planning session and have decided to leave Iles Aux Coudres to the north and to take the southern channel down the river. This route is navigationally a little more challenging than the north route but the students have decided the shorter distance and more favorable currents make it worth the little extra work and focus that will be required through the night. By this time tomorrow we will likely be docked in Quebec City our final port of the voyage.
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