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Sail to Gorda Sound

Sep 25, 2009

Location: Gorda Sound
Author: Devin
We awoke at 6:45 to the smell of fresh pancakes and the start of what turned out to be a beautiful day. After breakfast, we had our first oceanography class that gave us all a taste of what we will be learning for the rest of the voyage as well as a fun pop quiz to see just how mWe awoke at 6:45 to the smell of fresh pancakes and the start of what turned out to be a beautiful day. After breakfast, we had our first oceanography class that gave us all a taste of what we will be learning for the rest of the voyage as well as a fun pop quiz to see just how much we didn’t yet know about the ocean around us. After oceanography, the crew raised the anchor on Mt. Point and headed for Gorda Sound. Although the trip wasn’t a long one, it was quite eventful as this was the first time we unfurled the sails and worked together with the rigging to make it happen. We learned how to sail Ocean Star by jumping right in, all together, and doing it. Once we had eaten lunch, taken the sails down and dropped anchor, we embarked on a mission to count organisms in the mangroves. Mangroves, full of juvenile fish and other interesting marine life, offered us the opportunity to explore a new aquatic environment as well as implement the lab tools we recently learned about. Around five o’clock we were given a very rare treat, and moved the boat to dock for the evening at the local marina. Overall, it was a very successful and empowering day. uch we didn’t yet know about the ocean around us. After oceanography, the crew raised the anchor on Mt. Point and headed for Gorda Sound. Although the trip wasn’t a long one, it was quite eventful as this was the first time we unfurled the sails and worked together with the rigging to make it happen. We learned how to sail Ocean Star by jumping right in, all together, and doing it. Once we had eaten lunch, taken the sails down and dropped anchor, we embarked on a mission to count organisms in the mangroves. Mangroves, full of juvenile fish and other interesting marine life, offered us the opportunity to explore a new aquatic environment as well as implement the lab tools we recently learned about. Around five o’clock we were given a very rare treat, and moved the boat to dock for the evening at the local marina. Overall, it was a very successful and empowering day.