Archive: August 2014

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The students awoke to the sound of the Bosun’s pipe and Thibaut’s call of “Out of your bunks and into your trunks, it’s time to go swimming”. The final game of a four game series leaves starboard and port tied up. After an intense game of keep-away, the crew went down-bellow to cook a delicious breakfast. Everyone enjoyed the crew’s breakfast and as soon as they finished, got started on dishes and other daily chores. Once all chores were completed…

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The day began with jumping jacks and push-ups, as is tradition, followed by a jump in the ocean. The students immediately went ashore after breakfast to explore Bull Island and its aquatic creatures in the intertidal zone. Among the rocks on the shore, crabs, periwinkles, mussels, and bay scallops were all collected to create a rocky intertidal “museum.” Everyone was ferried directly from the island into Woods Hole for some time ashore; the candy store received a significant increase in…

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Above Photo: Trying an oyster during a hands on lesson about oyster farming from owner of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, Seth Garfield It was another early morning for the students, as the XO woke the students with his bosun’s pipe at 0600.  Remembering the temperature of the water from the prior night, they were not excited about morning dip. To cure this, the XO led a longer than normal workout, and shortened the time they spent in the water.  Once everyone got changed…

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Above Photo: Pulling in the plankton net after a successful tow behind the Schooner The students were woken up with the Bosun’s pipe at 0600. The water was warm for the first morning dip of the week. One of the favorite games during the week is keep-away, which they play every morning. Port watch won today. As soon as breakfast clean up was finished we got underway to Kettle Cove. Unfortunately, we had to motor because the wind was too…

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A student-led endeavor, using recycled materials, and benefitting local businesses was a wonderful way to raise awareness and pride in Tabor Boy during her 100th Anniversary year. After moving to Tabor in the summer of 2012, Head of School, John Quirk, and his wife, Casey, spent some time on Tabor Boy getting to know new students and familiarizing themselves with the schooner program. Enamored with Tabor Boy, and armed with an idea based on a sail bag she had received as a gift, Casey asked Captain James Geil…

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The first day of the orientation was a wet one.  At 1530 families started to gather, and it looked like the rain was going to hold off, but at 1600, the weather took a turn and there was a persistent rain until about 1730.  The students, along with their parents met briefly in Hoyt and then were escorted onto the Tabor Boy for a quick tour.  The parents were brought back to shore, and the students went into a quick…

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