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Ernestina Logbook Page

Date: Monday, August 28, 2000
Time: 1500 EDT

Schooner Ernestina got underway early. We set the four lowers and jib tops'l before breakfast and sailed out past Portland Head Light. We have 18 students and two chaperons aboard from Greens Farms Academy (CT) for the week. We see Schooners Harvey Gamage and Lettie G. Howard sailing off our stern. We are working jointly with the Ocean Classroom Foundation for this program.

Today we plan to stay in Casco Bay area and sail towards Richmond Isle for tonight's anchorage. We just completed a set of drills and 'Watch Quarter and Station Bill' class beginning after lunch.

Classes on sail theory and team building are ongoing as we tack with the two other schooners. Watches are doing well, and have taken on all responsibility for the ship operations. Participants step aboard and rapidly become part of the ship's crew!

Junior Watch Officers are assigned, participants who, in turn, work closely with the mates to manage their watches. All aboard are getting good practice tacking the ship, including the Main Topsail. We'll be ready for Gloucester next weekend!

The bottom image shows our anchorage just the other side of Cape Elizabeth from Portland.

Wind: NW fresh, Mild cold front due tonight.
Visibility: Good with calm seas, wind off the land.

Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinators: Inette Rex

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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Schooner Ernestina
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