Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Learning the Ropes

Join Aquarium Teen Program Coordinator Liz Whitlinger and campers with the Harbor Discoveries Schooner Adventure Camp. After a week of preparation, our crew of young explorers board a Grand Banks schooner and set sail for a five-day, four-night excursion exploring Massachusetts Bay.

Here are some thoughts from a camper after the group sets sail:

Today we set sail! We brought our stuff to our bunks and untied the ropes connecting us to the dock and started sailing. The ropes were a combination of spring ropes, which had slack, and ropes that had no slack. We didn't put our sails up right away and were running by the motor. We put the anchor down at N 42.33040 W 070.97093 so that we could learn all of the lines, learn how to use the toilet and get settled in our bunks.

Washing up

We had a great lunch and then my watch (B) cleaned all of the communal dishes and the galley.  Once clean up was done the captain called "all hands muster midships" to hoist the sails, pull up the anchor and set sail.  One of the dirtiest jobs on the boat is putting the anchor chain into the box on deck.  Leah and I got to do it this time and we were SO dirty that we pulled up a bucket of sea water to wash off.

Preparing for an emergency: Trying on survival suits

Next up was the most important thing we learned: how to recognize and carry out all of the safety drills.  
  • Man Over Board-3 long blasts of the horn
  • Fire/Other Emergency-1 long blast of the horn
  • Abandon Ship-6 short blasts and 1 long blast.
In each situation we all have specific jobs to do, which we learned. We also had to practice putting on these big red Gumby suits (survival suits) in the event of an abandon ship call. We did drills for each emergency so we're prepared and it made us all feel a little safer.

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