|Cohasset High School Three Day Program
Woke up to a beautiful but
calm wind morning in Vineyard Haven Harbor. The
Mainsail remained set overnight; since the winds
wouldn't pick up for another few hours, we took
the opportunity to enjoy a swim call at anchor
before setting the foresail and jumbo and
cranking the engine to get underway. An otter
trawl off East Chop yielded a good variety of
species common to the area: including spider
crabs , cunner fish, chitons, bryazoa, and a
number of different algae.
Lunch was followed by a workshop using the
mechanical advantage of simple machines inherent
to the operations and tools aboard our
traditional sailing vessel. Monkeys fist making,
a turn at turks heads, bits of journal writing
and, of course, the chance to see their world
form a new perspective by climbing the rigging
were offered throughout the rest of the
All the while these last few days their
seamanship skills and operational understanding
have been coming along. We spent a fair amount of
time discussing and practicing emergency
procedures so that all hands aboard can act as
equal and useful components in such situations.
The schooner Harvey Gamage joined us off Gay
Head, as they were headed to Mystic. We enjoyed a
quiet sail together in the light SE breeze, as
fog rolled in. And so our day sped along and
brought us to our anchorage in Menemsha Bight,
off the south western side of Martha's Vineyard.
For those ready for bed, the lights went out and
the end of the day was met with a few songs
beautifully sung by our crew member, Mike.
While the watchful eyes of those still on duty
feasted on outstanding bioluminescent activity
off the bow tonight. The best light shows can
always be found in nature!
Rain is forecast for late tonight, and so
hands turned in early.
Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinator: Inette Rex