Archive: August 2016

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Yesterday we woke up at 06:00 thinking it was 08:00. The crew told us we slept in. When we went for a swim we jumped in from the foredeck. When in the water, we played keep-away with the waboba ball. The teams were decided by watch. Port watch ended up winning the challenge against starboard. After we changed back into our regular clothes, we headed ashore to Nantucket for breakfast. We split up to eat so that we didn’t have…

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After the morning routine of jumping jacks, push-ups and a swim in the ocean, we quickly set sail on the fourth day of orientation. Together, we set the mainsail and foresail before port watch rose the headsails. Today was one on the move, as we ate bacon and eggs on English muffins while the boat heeled and rocked. As we did the previous days, we cleaned up the schooner to keep it in ship-shape condition! On our journey to Nantucket…

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We started day three of orientation at 0600 with a rhyme and a whistle from our XO Aidan yelling at us to get out of our bunks and into our trunks. Reluctantly, we all hastily put on our bathing suits and headed toward the quarter deck. The first thing we noticed was the cold air blowing on our skin, and we thought about the plunge ahead in Cuttyhunk Harbor. We did our morning calisthenics of pushups and jumping jacks to…

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At 0600 Aidan woke us up with a whistle and a rhyme and we quickly changed into our bathing suits to do calisthenics and our swim test. The water was surprisingly warm in Mattapoisett Harbor. Soon after, we sat down to a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cereal, grapes and orange juice that were very filling. Starboard watch was in the galley and Port watch was on general cleanup. Once we finished our chores, we prepared to set sail towards Woods…

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We arrived at the dock at Tabor at 1600 with nerves and excitement. Everyone quickly made new friends and then we played icebreakers to get to know each other better. One of the challenges was an obstacle course where you had to lead your partner who was blindfolded with your voice. This helped us gain trust for each other. We received our PFDs and carried our heavy bags on to the launch. We boarded the SSV Tabor Boy and our…