The Different Drum sailing trip was an exceptional experience for me and my friends.  I learned so many things,  did many things, and had fun.  I am still on the boat,  but in a couple of days I won’t be.  Captain Jeff and his daughter Jenny taught me everything I needed to know about sailing and navigation.

On the third day, it was Jenny’s birthday – Chris and I had to act fast! At this point Chris and I are picking out a present for Jenny.  We are at a gift shop in a really cool maritime museum in Bath,  Maine.

— logged  by sailor and CELC student Aleksander

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School aboard Boundless! with Different Drum Sailing Adventures in Maine

On our first day we went to Portland, Maine,  where we were picked up by Captain Jeff ‘ s daughter Jenny.  Then we boarded the dinghy and transferred to Boundless!  Later that day we traveled as far as the Goslings.

Next day we took the dinghy to the islands and explored. After that we sailed a VERY LONG trip to Bath, Maine.

Day 3 we went ashore and visited the Maine Maritime Museum,  learning a lot about boats and  boat construction. We also went into town,  where I found some interesting items.

We set sail again on Day 4, visiting the amazing Sequin Island and then anchored in the Basin – another long day!

After swimming (and “bathing”) today in the Basin and traveling the entire day to Cliff Island, we have anchored and are now preparing for dinner.

— logged by sailor and CELC student Cade

 

Dear Friend,

Today is Wednesday,  the fourth day of our 7-day, 6-night trip. Right now we are anchored at Cliff Island,  which is right next to Jewel Island.  Before we went to Cliff Island, we were at the  Basin, where we took “showers”.

Even though I say “shower”, it was more like going swimming in super cold water, with the added bonus of getting our hair washed. Everyone lined up on the edge of the boat,  mustered up the courage to jump into the REALLY COLD  water, get out, shampoo hair, and jump back into REALLY COLD water to rinse the suds. After that,  we got on the deck and rinsed off a little bit more – this time using some of the precious store of fresh water. [The Basin is salt water]

— logged by sailor and CELC student Sue

 

So far this trip has been unbelievably amazing.  I have seen new places,  met new people. I met a wonderful person named Jenny,  AKA Dinghy Captain.  She is the most amazing, nice, sweet person that I have ever met! Jen taught me how to learn navigation and steer a sailboat.

One of the most amazing places we went this week was Bath, Maine.  Aleks and I adventured around the town, going into movie stores, candy shops, and even the food market.

When we anchored at Bath,  we saw a new, high-tech Naval battleship. It was so cool! Jenny took me for a ride in the dinghy and did all of these amazing tricks,  like a 360.

We celebrated Jenny’s birthday by going out to a pizza place called the Cabin. Jenny received one of her presents while there.  She got a unicycle,  so cool! Aleks and I bought Jenny a little statue of a whale.

— logged by sailor and CELC student Chris

 

On Sailing

Sailing,  like most experiences worth having,  often makes you question your assumptions about how things work, by thrusting yourself into a situation where things work very differently : walking,  steering,  using the bathroom,  all very different on boats!

Part of it is that you’re on a level much closer to the environment around you.  Bathroom? Alright,  where’s it going? Watch a film? Where are you getting power? Are the batteries low?

GPS and other computerized systems are relied upon, but cautiously,  with the full knowledge that at some point they may break, and you’ll have to do the job for them, fix them, and possibly do both. Some computer systems have “five-nines” reliability;  most much less. When you’re on the water, most things need 100% reliability,  especially in nav, so everyone still needs to know nav on paper. Is this a better system than the one on land,  with so much to be aware of?  I don’t know,  but it is interesting.

— logged by sailor and CELC student Joshua

 

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