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Date: Saturday, June 30, 2001

Youth Four-day Youth Sail: 1st Day

Life before Ernestina is but a foggy memory. We arrived at the New Bedford State Pier at 0830, eager to shun the familiar habits and nagging rituals of teenage family life. Bearing only the essentials, we swaggered aboard the vessel, new hands and old alike. With the help of funding from Mayor Kalisz’s office, 8 New Bedford students found their sea legs and became part of the crew. The Schooner Quinnipac, of New Haven, CT, provided 4 students and marine biologist, Sarah DeGumbia to complete the crew. After a brief safety talk, Ernestina glided out into New Bedford harbor and the foresail and jumbo were set.

Watches were set and an underway orientation ensued. A thick fog quickly enveloped the ship, reducing visibility to less than a quarter of a mile. The foggy weather didn’t dampen any appetites as Brenda’s wonderful lunch came on deck. All enjoyed the taste of Mexico with chicken and beef fajitas. Daisy chains square knots, slip knots, and clove hitches became common knowledge to the new crew.

We reached our anchorage of Tarpaulin Cove at 1500. This is on the south side of lovely Naushon Island. The eager participants, battling strong winds and currents, rowed Ernestina’s dories with a strong spirit of team work to reach the shores of Naushon. A refreshing hour-long swim call was enjoyed by all. After rowing back to the ship, Brenda again prepared a wonderful dinner of 5 different pizzas and salad. Fred and Guilherme along with Curtis and Nick, tried their hand at fishing. The scup were biting like mad! As soon as the hooks hit the water, they were filled. Guilherme is promising a tasty treat for tomorrow using the catch!

We are all looking forward to anchor watch tonight!

(Written collectively by C-Watch)

Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinator: Inette Rex, Polly Zajac

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