Wednesday, August 10, 2011

With only the net beneath our feet

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 boarded a Grand Banks schooner and set sail for a five-day, four-night excursion exploring Massachusetts Bay.

Here are some thoughts from campers about the experience on board the Spirit of Massachusetts:

I looked down at the blackish water that moved rhythmically beneath my feet. Once Claire got on the rope [headrig], she started jumping up and down, which provoked negative in my head. We started folding [flaking] the sail which confused me but I was still able to fold [flake] it.  I had a lot of fun and its an experience that I'll never forget.

I was so excited to get to go out on the bow to fold the jib because I love being up high, I love the adrenaline rushing through me when I do something dangerous! It was fun because every one of my movements including my jumping up and down, controlled the entire boat!  I wasn't scared at all because there was a net and harness beneath me.

It was fun and also very educational because I learned how to fold up the jib so it wouldn't wrinkle or move.

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