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.
Final Day of Turtle Tagging
We had a pre-dawn departure from our anchorage in hopes of arriving to a turtle-tagging creek near Water Cay at high tide. The wind was calm, so we steamed the entire 11 nautical miles and arrived just after breakfast. The student crew were happy to enjoy and extra hour of sleep with the time change. Over the course of the morning we had a team studying for their exam and a team tagging turtles. On the first wave, T.J. caught both turtles. On the second trip, Lily C. jumped one to start things off in my boat. Celia showed tenacity in pursuit and swam after a turtle for at least 5-10 minutes before capturing it. Lilly R. persisted and swam after one, retrieving it a few feet below the water. Katherine continued her reign as the master of jumping turtles and captured the last one. Meanwhile, Lekha and Mr. Brown were able to catch three lobsters.
Back on board for lunch and the final exam. After the exam everyone jumped in the water to mark the occasion. The balance of the afternoon was spent relaxing, swimming and paddle boarding. Lily C. was the first one to get hoisted aloft, followed by Celeste and Bridgit and most everyone else. I was able to find two more lobsters and on my way back saw the largest Spotted Eagle Ray that I have ever seen, similar in size to the one that the students saw at the reef at Pelican Cay Land & Sea Park. Lekha and Ms. Flanagan are making dinner - chicken and lobster burritos, along with apple and pumpkin pie!
Tomorrow we will head into the marina at Treasure Cay for our final full day together.
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