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Date: Thursday, September 7, 2000
Time: 1600 EDT

Our friends from Not Your Average Joe's picked a beautiful day to come sailing with us!

Not Your Average Joe’s is an upscale restaurant chain that has 6 locations throughout the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts (including our homeport of New Bedford). The managers and chefs have been working extremely hard to ensure the high quality of their restaurant, so fourteen of them came to the Ernestina to enjoy a relaxing day of sailing and to have an opportunity to spend some time together outside the workplace.

In order to ensure their complete relaxation experience we requested that cell phones not be used for the duration of the day, and we immediately put them to work hauling up our four lower sails and coiling down the deck. You can see our track to the right in dark pink. We had a great breeze blowing from the Southwest so we set a course for Salem Harbor. Our new participants were broken up into watches and throughout the afternoon they assisted the crew with steering, navigation, bow watch, and hourly boat checks. After a fabulous lunch from our own chef Laurie, those that were feeling brave and adventurous climbed aloft in the rigging, or ventured out on our bowsprit. Quite a few made it to the top of the shrouds to sit on the crosstrees and enjoy the impressive view. The day ended by striking all sails and coming alongside in Salem Harbor just around 5pm. The crew of the Ernestina has been invited to have at meal at Joe’s so we might see you soon!

Although the day had ended the night had just begun. After a quick dinner, we began boarding for a fund raising sail by Salem Sound 2000, an environmental organization concerned with the health and quality of the Sound. You may find out more info on their Web Page. It was a perfect sunset sail with a very light breeze making the storyteller, Merril Kohlhofer, easily heard over the decks. Brad Chase, a representative from the Division of Marine Fisheries, gave a talk about the quality of the Sound and the types of species that are commonly found there. The evening sail track is green, venturing only a short way into Salem Sound. Unfortunately, we had to fire up the engine and head back to shore just after sunset.

Our stay in Salem was brief, we turned right around and headed back to Gloucester reaching the State Fish Pier at 2307. Our final run for the day is in red. We picked the shortest route to Gloucester to be navigated! Goodnight!

Wind: SW'ly, Force 3
Visibility: Good
Barometric Pressure: 30.34" Hg Steady

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinators: Crista Mellican

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