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Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Day Two of a Four-Day Program

Waldorf School of Cape Cod

You can see the ship's track from our anchorage last night in the Sakonnet, briefly out into Rhode Island Sound and then back into Narragansett Bay to end the day anchored off Prudence Island (aptly named considering the forecast below!)

We have about 55 miles straight shot to New London and 30 miles to Block Island.    We departed in the mid-morning to check out the conditions in the more exposed Sound in case there was a reprieve in the wind that might allow us to make some westing. After nosing out a few miles, we soon decided the best course of action would be to seek the sheltered waters of the Narragansett and plan on spending the day tomorrow there. The weather synopsis off the intellicast website follows:

Strong low pres off the Long Island coast early this morning will track across southern New England...then into the Gulf of Maine by late today. The low will slowly move across northern New England tonight...then push into the Maritimes on Wed.
Forecast as of 3:15 am EDT on May 14, 2002

Block Island Sound-
Buzzards Bay-
Nantucket Sound-
Rhode Island Sound-
Vineyard Sound-
Gale Warning

N wind 15 to 20 kts early...becoming SW 20 to 30 kts. Seas 3 to 6 ft. Vsby below 3 miles in areas of fog early...then improving.
Wind becoming W 25 to 35 kts. Seas 4 to 8 ft.
W wind 25 to 35 kts with gusts to near 45 kts. Seas 4 to 8 ft.

Outlook For Merrimack River Ma To Watch Hill Ri Out 25 Nm-

Wed Night Through Sat
Wind diminishing to less than 25 kts Wed night. SW winds around 25 kts Thu into Thu night. Wind less than 25 kts late Thu night and Fri. S to SW wind may approach gale force Fri night and continue into early Sat...then diminishing to less than 25 kts.

You can see from the photos to the right that we have a hearty crew standing lookout and later taking in a great rainbow as the front passed.

Later on in the evening, the crew gathered for skits while at anchor off Prudence Island.

Student Report:
Today was an interesting day. The Jumbo was torn asunder, our plans were changed due to rough seas. We are returning to Newport, which will be our final destination. We also encountered record amounts of seasickness and after a short drizzle late in the afternoon, we saw a double rainbow. Both ends of which were visible over the water of the harbor. We will be performing historic skits about the Ernestina tonight. Which should prove interesting-


Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program: Coordinator: Crista Mellican

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