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Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2000
Time: 1100 EDT

We started the day anchored off Appledore for the morning. We got a lazy start, and raised the mains'l at anchor. All three boats aboard and then had a swim call at 0900.

We waited for the Southerly breeze to fill in to Jeffreys overnight, looking for Whales and Stars. The American Sail Training Association (ASTA) training books are in use on all three schooners.

We left the Shoals about 1100 and all three schooners sailed towards the New Hampshire coast. We tacked out towards Jeffrey's Ledge to look for Whales, and sail overnight. Both gaff topsails were set, along with the four lowers and jib tops'l.

We found some Humpbacks at dusk and enjoyed the SE breeze, and calm seas, struck the fore tops'l, but carried the rest through the night.

We talked of sailing to the Flemish Cap to look for fish but a fog bank arrived after dark, and obliterated a large cruise ship a few miles away.

The schooners all tacked south, and separated. All students in harnesses after dark, and we sounded thefog signal, as we
made our way towards Massachusetts Bay.

We encountered traffic north of Stellwagen Bank that kept us busy on the Radar, and tacking the Ship.

Wind: light going SE
Visibility: Good with calm seas reducing to fog.

Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinators: Inette Rex

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