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 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.
Outside the Reef for Halloween
For the first time since we arrived to the Bahamas a few weeks ago - we were able to push out beyond the lee of the islands and the barrier reef that fringes the Abacos and be back in deep blue water. T.J. started off our day with crepes for breakfast, and then was the JWO sailing us off the anchor and on to Man-O-War Channel back into the deep ocean water. We sailed south on the outside of the reef toward the southern end of the Abaco chain. In the early afternoon we had a celestial navigation class where the students took a noon sight of the sun to determine our latitude. For a first try they all did a good job.
Katherine took over as JWO and sailed us down to the cut through the reef at North Bar Channel and then sailed us up to the anchor at an idyllic sandy island with palm trees. In honor of Lekha's birthday we headed out to snorkel on one of the best accessible reefs in the Bahamas just off Sandy Cay in the Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park - and it didn't disappoint. We saw a nurse shark, a huge spotted eagle ray, amazing stands of healthy elkhorn coral, more fish species than you could count, a hawksbill turtle, a loggerhead turtle and I even spotted a reef shark. Back on board and we hauled back the anchor to sail down to a more protected anchorage at Lynyard Cay. Since dinner was running a little late from our full day - we decided to bring out Lekha's birthday cake on our short sail. We anchored up just about 20 minutes ago and dinner is just about on the table. T.J. made an elaborate chicken wing spread with rice and broccoli.
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