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Date: Sunday, October 20, 2002
Lees Supermarket of Westport, MA

There aren't many days in October, let alone the rest of the year, that are as nice as this for an evening sail. With a gentle NW'ly wind blowing we set sail from Tonnessen Park on New Bedford State Pier. After raising sail in the inner harbor just after 4pm, we fell off and sailed out through the Hurricane Barrier past Butler's Flat Lighthouse and rounded Clarks Point before returning at 7pm.

Many thanks to Albert Lees and the employees and friends of Lees Supermarket in Westport for coming out for a sail. It was especially pleasing for us to have Westporters out on the ship since the director (and tonight's captain) resides there (and often frequents the market). Check out the Lees Supermarket website for more about the store... they offer "Westport Cooks," a series of special appearances by some of the regions best chefs, have some great sushi and plenty of local produce and products offered!

Program Coordinator: Steve Kirk
Captain: Gregg Swanzey

It takes all the help we can get to raise the mains'l, fores'l, jumbo and jib. Here the fores'l goes up as the peak and throat halyards are hauled.

More hauling... but once the sails were set we carried them through the evening until our return to the harbor.

It is amazing to think that Ernestina's 250 tons can be turned and guided by a few spokes (or turns) of the wheel. Many came back to take a turn at the helm during the sail....

Ernestina's track from State Pier out through the gate and around Clarks Point before returning.

Albert Lees at the helm. Perfect timing with the sunset in the background.

It isn't every day that hors d'oeuvers are offered to the helmsperson.....

A photo from the nose of the ship as the sun sets and we sail along on a reach in the light wind.

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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