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.
We enjoyed our time in Charleston. The first night we went out to dinner as a crew to celebrate passing 1000 nautical miles at a local BBQ restaurant. Part of the next day was spent on our traditional Charleston Scavenger Hunt - Port Watch (Celia, Celeste, Katherine and Lilly) beat out Starboard Watch (TJ, Lily, Lekha and Bridgit) by a narrow margin. We rounded out the day with a long study hall session at the air-conditioned College of Charleston library. Yesterday we had a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium followed by a tour of another Sailing School Vessel Spirit of South Carolina. In the afternoon we returned the the climate controlled oasis of the library, followed by free time in town. Will Cramer, SG and Geronimo alum, and his family hosted us at their home for dinner (thanks again!). Back on board we made final preparations to get underway toward Cumberland Island.
Wake-ups were at 0600 for a 0630 departure outbound from Charleston. Lily C. was at the helm as we left the dock and Celia took us out through the harbor entrance. Bridgit, Celeste and I are on watch as we push south on this sunny day. We are contemplating making a Greek salad for lunch. Hope to be at the St. Mary's River entrance just south of Cumberland Island some time after dawn tomorrow.
Today marks two weeks on board and the crew has really come together. They are becoming quite good at steering, sail handling and navigation. More importantly they have been taking good care of Geronimo and each other.
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