|Summer Sound Program with Schooner Sound
Learning Five-day Transit New Haven to Boston.
we woke up at 6 am, and raised anchor before
breakfast. By 8 am 5 sails were raised, called
the mainsail foresail, topsail, jumbo, jib and
jib topsail. Unfortunately, the little wind we
had in the morning died out by noon, which forced
us to switch to motor. In the duration of the
day, we participated in a series of emergency
operations, procedures, and drills. After a
lecture on specific assignments on how to deal
with emergency situations, a practice drill was
put into affect and each person on board
participated in a group rescue of a manikin.
Thanks to the crew, the manikin was rescued
near Plum Island, the water grew choppy and we
once again set sail. At a steady speed of 7
knots, we traveled closer to Block Island Sound.
However, just before reaching our destination, we
passed through a patch of fog, which took us
about an hour to sail through. During the fog, we
learned the importance of awareness of other
ships. The radar told us the placements of other
ships and landforms, but communication between
other ships was done with a loud horn.
Luckily we made it
through the fog safely and the wind coasted us to
our destination. At about 6 pm we lowered the
sails and used the motor to bring us into Great
Salt Pond [in Block Island]. Shortly before
dinner, we lowered the anchor using 70 ft of
chain to a 37 ft depth. At 6:30 we ate dinner,
and began our nightly chores.
Our first full day
went really well, and all of us spent our time
learning about navigation, the raising and
lowering of sails, safety on board, awareness of
other vessels, boat checks, wind conditions and
the effects to sailing, and lowering the anchor.
Today we were
given the opportunity to strap on personal
harnesses and crawl to the very tip of the
bowsprit. We literally felt as though we were
flying over the water. This was, by far, our
favorite part of the day.
Written by Tracey
Cullen, Meghan Boian, Tom Bozsik, Aaron Thal,
James DeMaio, Steven Napolitano, and Patrick
Canon. The whole crew from A watch.
The totals: 70.4
miles traveled, 10 hours spent under sail, 35
gallons of water and 21 gallons of fuel consumed,
no rice krispie treats or brownies left!
Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinator: Inette Rex, Chris Newlan