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.
For breakfast, Celeste and Ms. Flanagan teamed up to make some really delicious cinnamon buns. After a class on barrier island ecology, we slipped our lines and sailed off the dock bound for sea. Celeste was on the helm leaving Cumberland, and then B-Watch took over. Lekha had the helm out through the entrance channel – and did an amazing job in challenging conditions. Lilly R. kept an eye on buoys and Katherine took the lead on sail handling. It was a little lumpy as we spilled out of the St. Mary’s River on the last of the ebb, but settled down as we headed south along the Florida coast. Today was Celia’s birthday, and we celebrated with cupcakes and birthday wishes after dinner.
Early this morning (at 3:28 a.m. to be exact) we were fortunate to witness a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. Bridgit, Celeste and I were on the mid-watch and watched as the rocket blasted off, brightening the sky and arcing above us. We cleared Cape Canaveral this morning and our hope is to push across the Gulf Stream later today as the wind is forecast to settle down to under 10 knots out of the east. The wind has not yet diminished, C-Watch (Celia, Lily C., TJ and Mr. Brown) have the watch are are presently making 9 knots.
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