What an amazing journey! Please view our travel log and also read on for more about CELC’s sailing adventure:
Greetings from Boundless! This is the life, and we are already deciding to give up on being landlubbers and take to the seas, travel the world.
As the adventure begins aboard Boundless with Captain Jeff and First Mate Janine, CELCers are having quite an extraordinary time! ??Each day students perform jobs that enable them to learn to “run the boat”. Today, Jenna served as Captain for the Day and provided us with data, including wind direction, weather conditions, barometric pressure, and our latitude and longitude in degrees, minutes and seconds. Henry, as First Mate, was responsible for starting the motor and checking the engine. Cole and Kyle on Deck Crew took care to raise and lower sails, lower anchor, and lower the dinghy. All students took turns steering the boat as we made our way from the start at Coan River to St. Clement’s Island. These jobs will rotate throughout the week, and according to Cpt. Jeff, students will have it all down in a few days, enough to run Boundless on their own (for the most part!).
Today, 22 May 2011, we set sail from St. Mary’s, Maryland with a plan to follow the wind, cross the Chesapeake Bay, through Tangiers Sound, and onto the St. Jane’s National Park area of Maryland. ?Captain Cole competently steered us out of port and into the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay. Navigators Henry and Jenna successfully plotted our day’s course. First Mate Kyle checked the oil and started the engine. To start, we used the engine until wind speeds became sufficient to sail by, preferable at about 10 knots. Deck crew M&M lifted the sails. We all cheered as we once again became powered by the wind.
Living with the elements as they are and in the moment, we are not wedded to any schedule but our own. We plan for the day, navigate a course, yet know that we may decide to alter the plan depending on what the day brings. ?Captain Jeff knows the area well – he intends to have us see as much of the beauty the area has to offer, and to anchor for the night in a suitable spot. Best decisions are once again based on wind conditions and amount of time we still have daylight in the sky by which to travel. We plot the course in order to arrive at our new destination with time to explore or maybe to have a swim before dinner.
Sailing is at once incredibly peaceful and thrilling. Truth is present at all times. Moving via wind power necessitates working with physics and nature, remaining flexible, adaptable, courageous, and being ready for anything. It enlivens the spirit. Not to mention that for our CELCers, this may be one of the few times in their lives to be away from the hustle-and-bustle of a plugged-in, fast-paced society, with hours to simply be – with thought, curiosity, wondering, and healthy appetite. Ah, rejuvenation! And much needed for all!
It is something to see how students take to the responsibilities aboard Boundless as they learn the skills needed to run the boat. After only 5 days, they have more confidence, and more questions. A captain’s license requires 360 days at sea, and while we are not yet near that mark, this could be the start of something.