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.
Our first Sea Legs trip of the summer is underway. Yesterday eight incoming freshmen and VI former Sophie joined Geronimo for 5 days of sailing. As soon as everyone was aboard we pushed off from the dock and went to a nearby anchorage to discuss shipboard life and go over safety procedures. Shortly after, we raised the mainsail and sailed off of the anchor for Potter Cove near Jamestown.
Our anchorage may have only been 9 nm away but it took us 18 nm of sailing to get there as the wind was out of the south. This created an opportunity for each our new crew to tack the boat and practice using the winches. After roughly three hours of sailing we arrived in Potter Cove and let go the anchor. As the majority of the crew busily worked to take in sails and clean up on deck Mimi was down below preparing dinner. Around 7:30 we all came together to eat and share stories from our summer.
At ten o’clock we broke into anchor watches with Kelvin having the first shift. Everyone on board was assigned an hour during the night to make sure Geronimo remained safely at anchor. This morning we turned to our regular routine of chores and preparing the boat to go sailing. By nine o’clock the anchor was off the bottom and we were underway for Cuttyhunk. At the moment, starboard watch, comprised of Chance, Catie, Kelvin and Christina have the deck along with our 1st mate Mr. Mckenzie. There is very light wind this morning so we are motor sailing out of the bay. By this afternoon we should be anchored off of Cuttyhunk.
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