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Day 4-Thursday August 2

Posted by astaheather on August 8, 2007

Well, the cadets were back onboard Thursday and ready for action. They even split up into their watches on their own! Again the day started with planning the voyage, the deck washed and the ship prepared for a day out on the water. The students remebered where the lines are that they need to pull in order to set sail. Finally,  they are yelling like salty dogs to announce that they are ready to set the mains’l. They have mastered bracing the yards and the watch leaders are great motivators and they are better at delegating tasks.

Today the crew stood back a little and let the students do the grunt work; we let them do the sail handling and jumped in to help when we were needed. We taught them a little bit about sail theory and why we did the things that we did, such as sheeting in sails and luffing the heads’ls. This was all in preparation for the parent sail on Friday.

Six of the cadets were able to stay overnight on board so there was a buzz of excitement and anticipation for later that night. The day finally endedand all the overnighters were brought to a beachy area to swim and, after Matty and I left the ship, the Providence departed to an anchorage where the students were going to help out with the cooking and anchor watches.

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