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.
Martha’s Vineyard is just off our starboard bow and Cuttyhunk is steadily growing smaller behind us. Today is a perfect day to be on the water and the first full day of the second sea legs trip of the summer.
Seven incoming St. George’s students boarded Geronimo yesterday along with our two student trip leaders, Charis and Julia. Catherine was on the helm for our departure from Bristol, RI while the other students tended to dock lines and fenders. After a walk through of safety drills everyone turned to setting the mainsail and jib and sailing Geronimo down Narragansett Bay. By dinner we were anchored in Potter Cove across from Newport. The students’ first evening on board was spent playing Apples to Apples and discussing life at St. Georges.
This morning after chores and pancakes that Charlotte cooked, we hauled back the anchor and began our way out into Block Island Sound. Owen steered us underneath the Newport-Pell bridge and down past Castle Hill before we divided into watches. The morning we had perfect conditions and everyone got a turn sailing Geronimo on a comfortable beam reach. At the moment the wind has diminished considerably so we are motor-sailing along Martha’s Vineyard’s north coast. Our hope is to make it to Oak Bluff this evening to experience their annual illumination festival. Fortunately, the current is with us and we are making decent progress toward our destination. If all goes according to plan we’ll be there early this evening.
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