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.
Cormorant Creek Turtle TaggingHigh tide was at around noon. Perfect timing to spend the day in the creek tagging Green Sea Turtles. In sometimes challenging conditions, the students persisted and we were able to tag, measure and release eleven turtles. In my boat, Lilly R. caught the first turtle by what we call "jumping", followed by T.J swimming after one. Celeste swam after a turtle in spite of losing one of her fins on the way. Bridgit had a nice leap to catch a turtle and Lekha continued her jumping streak with another impressive capture. Lily C. was a backup on a few occasions, but she has two captures under her belt - so didn't seem to mind. On the other boat, Celia swam her first turtle, as did Katherine. The crew did a thorough job measuring (Celeste, Bridgit, Lily C. and Celia), weighing (Lilly R. and Lekha) and tagging (T.J. and Katherine). I was impressed with how well they did. All of this data contributes to the long-term population study of Green Sea Turtles in the Bahamas that the Geronimo program has been a part of since the mid-1980's.
Back on board, Celeste made jerk chicken, couscous, vegetables and salad. Mr. Brown contributed one spiny lobster to the meal as well. A very full day. Off to an anchorage south of Marsh Harbour to find a lee for a frontal passage tomorrow.
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