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.
Venus was showing brightly in the eastern sky when we woke up before dawn to get underway. Lily C. was at the helm as we slid out the the entrance channel on the early morning high tide. We anchored just south of Treasure Cay and went back to sleep for an hour or so. Celia went big for breakfast and teamed up with Ms. Flanagan to make apple pie tartlets. I could have had about ten of them, but settled for three. Morning class was an introduction to celestial navigation where all of the students practiced using a sextant in preparation for a noon sight. A quick lunch and we were off to Hill's Creek for an afternoon of turtle tagging. In my boat, Katherine went 2-2 jumping the first two turtles, then Lekha jumped the next one - each on the first try. Celia, Lilly R. and Mr. Brown caught turtles from the other boat.
Back on board we bent on the mainsail with Celeste cranking up the entire sail by herself . Lily C. was JWO and sailed us off the anchor perfectly and on toward our anchorage. Pickle helped haul up the jib and T.J. led the charge in setting the staysail for the first time on our trip. As the sun was setting, Celia took over the watch and did an excellent job navigating and sailing us up to our anchorage near Scotland Cay just after 2000.
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