morning we awoke to a gorgeous sunrise in Cherry Harbor.
Winds were light from the South.
After a delicious breakfast and a round of daily
chores, Gretchen, our fearless leader, laid out the plan for
the day. It was
the perfect morning for a round of dory races.
Two dories at a time, they set off on an upwind leg
that finished at the good ship Ernestina.
The students, though new to the age old skill of dory
rowing, quickly picked up on the commands given to them by the
The next challenge for the
students was to sail off the hook.
Winds had picked up to a good 15 knots, and it was
clear that a great day of sailing lay ahead of us.
After getting underway and tacking out of our
anchorage, the rest of the day’s activities began.
Students were given fine instruction in navigation,
simple machines, and, by the dynamic duo of Lizzy and
Gretchen, they were given the Sail Theory Extravaganza.
By this time Ernestina was showing everybody what she
could do under four lowers, occasionally clocking as much as 9
knots through the water and 11 knots over the ground with a
fair current with us. Fred Sterner, our second mate and proud new grandfather,
brought us into our anchorage off of Sammy’s Beach at 1800
hours. By this
time we had traveled 41.3 nautical miles in 7 hours and had
not used our engine all day.… Another great day on the
Lizzy and Sophie
PS This work would not have
been possible without the support of Izzy and Daisy.
We are forever grateful.
Program Coordinator: Gretchen Stuppy