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Ross School
Two-day Program
September 24-26, 2003

Greenport, Long Island, NY

Day 1: Wednesday, September 24th

After the first group from the Ross School departed, the crew had a quick meeting and then welcomed the next group onboard.  These classmates of the first group will have a similar program, but will be onboard for a lengthier 48 hours.  The student boarded and stowed their gear by 1000 and we were able to get underway almost right away.  Throughout the morning student were oriented to the boats and we raised the four lowers before lunch.  While at first the main seemed heavy, the group pulled together and the remaining sails were hoisted with ease.

During the afternoon, students began standing watch and went through a series of learning stations including ship construction and knot tying.  The watches also studied how people made charts before the modern equipment of today’s sailing world.  Two of the watches had a chance to build a chart, and all the students built quadrants for use on anchor watch to determine our latitude.

Throughout the afternoon the wind shifted and varied in intensity, but by 1645 we dropping our sails and anchored in Cherry Harbor.  With a clear sky above, we opened the pool with a swim call.  Students jumped off the bow sprit and a couple (not very successfully) tried some flips.  Just before dinner everyone worked on an art project, doing a mechanical drawing of something on the Ernestina.

After an evening program of astronomy and stories, students did some journaling and hit the hay for a good nights sleep and an anchor watch.  During anchor watch, students used the quadrants they made during the day to determine the latitude based on the angle of the North Star to the horizon.  Although the range was from 30 to 60 degrees, most students came close to the actual location at 41 degrees. 

Captain: Sophie Morse
Program Coordinator: Gretchen Stuppy

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

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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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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