On the first rainy day of our journey, we arrived at Hoyt, said goodbye to our parents and played icebreakers to get to know each other. We discovered our common interests playing “Blobs and Lines” that became our favorite game. Following the games, we headed out to the launch pad that brought us to the Tabor Boy. We went to our bunks and organized our luggage. After getting settled, we took a swim test that was difficult due to the wind. Feeling famished, we indulged in a sandwich buffet after completing our vigorous swim test.
Before setting sail for Hadley Harbor, we split into two groups Port Watch and Starboard Watch. The groups were assigned different duties like pulling lines, coiling lines, and bow lookout. The one problem we faced while setting sail was that the foresail batten got caught on the lift. To fix this, we had to ease the lift. Once moving, we encountered a lot of rain, wind and cold weather. We anchored and went below to dry off and change into warmer clothes. Our next adventure was at the Intertidal Zone Lab at Bull Island. We made observations, counted different organisms, and recorded our data for different species. The most common species we noted were the periwinkles.
We boarded and prepared for a scrumptious dinner that was pasta, meatballs and garlic bread. Our last duty of the day was to clean up. The crew had an eventful time sailing the boat due to the rough seas. The students and crew played the Spoon Game, a fun version of tag, which was quite competitive. Lastly, we ended the day with a formal Colors Ceremony.
Zoe, Lilah and Rex