Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Ernestina Logbook Page

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

Day 2: September 9, 2003

After a beautiful, starry night on anchor watch, the participants awoke at 0630 for a 0700 breakfast.   With muffins, eggs, and potatoes we got our morning started the right way, and we broke up into chores while C watch threw a reef in the main.  With strong northeast winds forecasted we didn’t want to have to reduce sail later in the day.  Getting a later start then the Gamage, we sailed off the hook with the four lowers, and began making our way out into Long Island Sound.

Throughout the morning, students focused on science, doing plankton tows and water chemistry stations.  We had a great breeze and tacked back and forth across the Sound, and B watch spent some time out on the bow sprit.  We made the race by 1500 and the seas built and became lumpy and confused.  With all the action on the sea, the participants took a break to take it all in and learned to watch for the bog swells.  Dinner was a challenging event, but everyone learned to stay low and eat fast, and I think we all prevailed in the end thanks to Pierre’s cooking.  With the choppy seas, we decided to anchor after dinner, and tucking into Fort Pond Bay, Montauk Long Island, dropping the anchor under sail.

Students met for an evening program to discuss life onboard and set some goals for the rest of the trip.  Before turning in for the night we read a piece by Bob Bartlett about getting stuck in the ice in the arctic and students took some time to reflect in their journals.  With another night of stars above our heads, we said goodnight to the Harvey Gamage and shut the lights off.

Program Coordinator: Gretchen Stuppy
Captain: Sophie Morse

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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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