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Date: Sunday, May 19
Overnight Program with Greenport Schools

Alongside Claudio's Pier in Greenport Long Island. We survived the Nor'Easterly Gale of Saturday, and woke up to cool clear skies here, with a light North West breeze. At 0900 we were joined by 19 Seventh Grade students, and 3 chaperones including Dr. Dennis Claire from Greenport Public Schools. After introductions and a safety briefing we got underway. Once off the dock we set the Four Lowers, and made our way out to Gardiner's Bay. Photographer Thad Koza followed in a small runabout, and took stills of Ernestina in the bright sunshine. The students were split into three watches, and had orientations belowdecks, then took turns on deck. Off watches were occupied with classes on Navigation, Plankton and Sharks. We sailed through Plum Gut into Long Island Sound, where we enjoyed a downwind run and Lunch on deck. A tug and barge passed Ernestina just inside the Race. After lunch we tacked back towards Plum Island, and bucked the 3.5 knot current in the Gut. The NW breeze kicked up the water to a white froth, and the students at the helm had to work fast to keep the ship on course as the current spun the bow.

For the afternoon we sailed across Gardiner's Bay, and met the Sloop Providence outside Sag Harbor. Students off watch were busy climbing aloft, and on the Bowsprit, as well as knot tying, and making their own Monkey's Fist.   All hands helped sail onto the Hook at 1800, just off Bens Point at Orient Beach. We enjoyed another great meal from the Galley: chicken parmesan and noodles, plus cake for dessert. As the sun set, and the light Northerly breeze continued, the students performed skits on deck, creatively interpreting the history of the Ernestina/Morrissey. A reading from Capt. Bob Bartlett's Arctic Rodeo followed, then anchor watch. Sleep was good on this cool night.

Captain: Willi Bank
Program: Coordinator: Crista Mellican

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