Archive: July 2014

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Above Photo: In the launch returning to the Schooner after a fun time ashore on Nantucket. With another 0600 wake up, the students jumped in the quite enjoyable Hadley Harbor water. Port watch won the daily game of keep-away with only seconds to spare, snatching the ball from the hands of Starboard watch. After breakfast, the microscopes were set up in the deckhouse so the students could look at plankton that had been collected in a plankton tow earlier that…

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It was a cold and windy morning, and the students were not excited about their 6 am wake up call or their morning dip in the cold Cuttyhunk water. However, it quickly woke them up and got them excited about the big day they had ahead of them.  The first activity planned for them started at 8:30 when Seth Garfield picked the students up on his boat to give them a tour of his oyster farm on Penikese Island.  The…

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The students were woken up at 0600 for the routine morning calisthenics and swim. The water was warm and the sun was shining on the students’ first day – which also marked the first epic game of keep away. Port watch snatched the ball away from Starboard in the last five seconds of play to steel the win! Breakfast was served and as soon as they finished, the students began clean up, and learned to value keeping the schooner clean…

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It was a grey and drizzly start to the week as students bid their parents farewell. Camaraderie formed quickly once the group was on deck, and everyone was all smiles for the swim test. Students became oriented with the vessel and were then divided into port and starboard watches. After dinner the group experienced their first Colors ceremony, as the flag was lowered and folded at sunset. Ready for some fun and games, the students sought out a deck of…

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Above Photo: Furling sail off Cuttyhunk  “Out of your bunks and into your trunks,” announces Holly Francis, the Executive Officer, and with that we begin another wonderful day. After our normal routine of morning calisthenics and a game of keep away in the water, the students got to head ashore in Woods Hole.  The student first went to the Buzzards Bay Coalition. There, they were taught a lesson about Buzzards Bay, including salinity and other aspects of water quality. The…

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Above Photo: Learning about the intertidal zone on Bull Island in Hadley Harbor The students started the day off with morning calisthenics and dip at 0600. They played a game of keep-away with the Waboba ending in a Port watch victory. After the morning swim breakfast was served. Then we got underway to Hadley Harbor, near Woods Hole, had a quick lunch and the students went ashore. On Bull Island they had a lesson on the tidal zones. Each watch…

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