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Ernestina Logbook Page

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Auburn Middle School

Our day started with a calm and foggy morning. Today’s group of seventh graders from Auburn Middle School arrived smiling and eager to sail. After they were boarded they received a safety orientation and a sail-handling lesson. We soon were underway and raised our mainsail, foresail, jib and jumbo.

Clearing the hurricane barrier we entered Buzzard’s bay. The fog began to lift and the sun broke through. The light wind made several plankton tows possible and students were able to see a variety of living plankton.

Students learned about navigation, helmsmanship, mechanical advantage, simple machines, knot tying and the history of the Ernestina. Students gained experience with sail handling, line handling and proper line coiling.

After an underway lunch we took time to enjoy the gentle sounds and peaceful solitude that comes on a vessel underway by sail. As our sailing time came to a close we furled sails and reflected on the experience before concluding our sail.

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinator: MaryHelen Gunn

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

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Schooner Ernestina
89 North Water Street, P.O. Box 2010, New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
phone 508.992.4900 -- fax 508.984.7719

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