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St. Margarets McTernan
Four Day Program
Transit Norwalk, CT to New Bedford, MA

Day 1: September 8, 2003

This morning at 0900 studentís from St. Margaretís McTernan School boarded the Ernestina in Norwalk, CT.  St. Margaretís McTernan is an independent, nondenominational day school in Connecticut that serves students (K-12) from over 40 communities.  The school has small class sizes that encourage a supportive community and a challenging learning environment.

This program is done in cooperation with Ocean Classroomís vessel, the Harvey Gamage.  The two boats will sail together and conduct similar curriculums from their own decks.

Due to limited dockage in Norwalk, we decided to transport the Harvey Gamage students out to the Gamage anchored outside the harbor.  Once underway, the Ernestina students went through hold orientations, while the Gamage students took some time to record some first impressions in their journals.  At 1100 we rafted alongside the Harvey Gamage and dropped off their students.

Once we got underway again, we went over our station bill.  Students talked through possible emergencies onboard and tried on life jackets and even a survival suit.  After a yummy lunch students broke up into watches and we raised the four lower sails.  With the wind on our bow we tacked towards the entrance of Long Island Sound. 

Throughout the afternoon, students learned how to navigate, tie knots, and the basics of sailing and boat parts.  They also took time to write in journals and enjoy a visit out on the bow sprit.  The students were eager to pick up everything the crew taught them and with some miles to cover they continued motor sailing until after dinner.  Before dropping the anchor we played a few games for evening program.  Students turned in around 1000, ready to stand anchor watch throughout the night. 

Program Coordinator: Gretchen Stuppy
Captain: Sophie Morse

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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