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Ernestina Logbook Page

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Time: 1900 EDT

We changed our plans for Nantucket as a cold front was expected to pass through, shifting the winds NW for Thursday. That would not be favorable sailing back towards Buzzards Bay, so we sailed off the hook in the SW'ly breeze and headed out into Rhode Island Sound.

Another good morning of sailing, dodging the drizzle. We had extensive navigation workshops, a class on simple machines, and sail theory as we sailed down towards Castle Hill.

Cumulus clouds grew through the afternoon and the SW winds died down leaving a rolling sea on our quarter. We decided to take in our sail and motor to our anchorage. Just inside the entrance to the Sakonnet River, a strong and gusty NW breeze filled in, with the lightning and downpours passing a few miles north of the Ernestina. We tucked ourselves up into a peaceful anchorage off High Hill Point for the night. The winds died down to about 10-15 knots and the barometer began to rise. The skies cleared and the almost full moon rose at 2015. Great night for star gazing.

Wind: SW Force 3 shifting NW late.
Visibility: Fair to Poor in drizzle, clearing late.

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinator: Inette Rex

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