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.
Arrival to The Bahamas
Yesterday afternoon, the wind started to back off as forecast, and left us motor-sailing across the Gulf Stream with a light easterly wind. It was a quick and uneventful crossing of this massive ocean current. Those are the best ones.
Just after midnight we made it on to Little Bahama Bank and did a mixture of sailing and steaming in light and variable wind until we reached Spanish Cay in the Abacos. Lilly R. was at the helm as we sailed up to the anchor, while Lekha stood by to let-go. The "Q" flag was hoisted and I went ashore to clear in with customs and immigration. After some paper shuffling and patience, we were cleared in. When I made it back to the boat, we had some celebratory ice cream that I just picked up followed by our first swim call. Katherine was the first one in. Lilly R. and Celeste did some butterfly strokes. Everyone took the opportunity to get clean.
We sailed from Spanish Cay to Powell Cay under jib alone while C Watch (TJ, Lily C., Celia & Mr. Brown) cooked dinner - burgers and dogs with guacomole and salad. A Watch (Bridgit, Celeste and I) had dish duty. Everyone is ready for an early quiet ship and a late wake-up tomorrow.
We have sailed over 1500 nautical miles in just under three weeks. That has been a pretty quick pace. Our plan is to slow things down a little now that we are in the islands.
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