We woke up to a loud whistle and Noah’s morning rhyme. Immediately we changed into our bathing suits and headed to the deck. We all plunged into the water and played a game of keep-away which Starboard won yet again. We hosed the salt water off and set up for an egg and bacon breakfast while Port Watch did water sampling.
After we cleaned up breakfast, we took the Ribcraft to SMAST at UMASS Dartmouth’s marine campus. There we learned about underwater robots and marine life. In their fish lab, we got to see dogfish and touch many different marine invertebrates. The shark in one of the tanks frightened a few of us by spy hopping, which is when sea creatures raise their head out of the water.
Once we got back to the Tabor Boy, it was time for a free swim! We changed into our bathing suits and jumped from various heights including the head rig, the ratlines, and the port side of the deckhouse. Soon after that we set sail. We ate grilled cheese as we approached Kettle Cove. Port watch duties included bow watch, striking the sails, and knot learning. Starboard watch practiced their song for tonight’s challenge. When we anchored and went ashore we played an intense game of Sports Ball and a sand sculpture contest. Kettle Cove has a unique fresh water spring that many people drank from.
After this, we motored to the nearby island, Cuttyhunk. Following our anchoring, we prepared for a dinner of steak and mashed potatoes. After dinner, we cleaned up and then took the Ribcraft to a beach on Cuttyhunk. There we had s’mores, sang our songs, and talked about life at Tabor. Paul made the most s’mores, and shared some with others. Starboard won the sing off and Port prevailed in the sand sculpture competition. When we got back to the boat, we got ready for bed.
-Abby, Alex, Paul