Category: 2017

Today we woke up around 6, after a successful sleep that was not as interrupted as many of us anticipated. We jumped in the cold water for the morning dip to the sounds of students and crew excited for the Fourth of July. We had great cinnamon buns for breakfast and cleaned up. Then Cap took us in the dinghy into Woods Hole, where we walked around, ate, had ice cream, and then headed to Bull Island. The dinghy ride…

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On our first day, we all met at the Tabor dock at 9 am. After introductions by the Tabor faculty and program director, our parents went to explore the vessel while we stayed back and played icebreakers. When our parents returned to shore, we gathered our gear and took the launch to the SSV Tabor Boy. Once we safely arrived and stowed our gear in our cabins, we put on swimsuits and took a swim test in the harbor. Once…

Today when we woke up we did the morning dip, but this morning dip was a little different. The crew had been telling us the whole trip that Cuttyhunk was going to be the warmest water we will swim in. Nope, it was the coldest we swam in. Next for breakfast we ate many different varieties of pancakes. After breakfast we were picked up by Seth Garfield. Mr. Garfield is a resident of Cuttyhunk and owns Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farm. He…

Today we woke up at 6 a.m. for another freezing morning dip. We played a game of Waboba and Port won yet again. After we dried off we got ready for a breakfast of bacon and eggs. Once breakfast had ended everyone went ashore to go to UMass Dartmouth’s SMAST Marine Campus. There we learned about Blue, an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle), and then went to a touch tank. There we saw sharks, starfish, king crabs, and a variety of…

The second day aboard the Tabor Boy has come and gone. Our day started early at 6:00 a.m. when we did push-ups and jumping-jacks right before the chilly plunge into the harbor. Then the battle between Port and Starboard began with a game of in-water keep-away. Port was the first to win the battle due to miscommunication. While we were changing, the smoke alarm went off because the French toast was burning. If the water didn’t wake you up, the…

Today at 9:00 we met our crew and classmates for the next week. It was beautiful on Tabor’s waterfront. We started the day with meet and greet activities consisting of a name game, trust maze, blob and line, and switch sides. Then we proceeded to board the Tabor Boy. Our first task was to undertake the swimming test. After discussing rules and safety, we split into two watches: port and starboard. Then we set sail for Woods Hole. We learned…

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