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Sail Training with the Hartsbrook Waldorf School


Good morning everyone. We are off and sprinting in very fine fashion. The crew is doing a tremendous job of pulling everything together. We just finished a very soggy cruise with a group of young adults from the Hartsbrook Waldorf School. I was so impressed by their maturity in the face of adversity. We had three straight days of rain, which I would call adversity for 8th graders, but these folks stood their watches in the rain without a whimper or a complaint.

Our sail training program introduces all the elements of watch standing including standing a bow watch, sail handling and trim, knots and nomenclature, and steering.

The domestic chores, galley duty and cleaning heads, are also a piece of the puzzle of shipboard life.

The pictures here are from the last day when the sun finally came out and we had every kind of weather imaginable… sun, wind, fog… and even an afternoon thunderstorm. The students had sails down and the vessel secured in minutes and the storm tracked just to the north of us quite uneventfully.

I could not have asked for a better drill to reinforce the importance of knowing every line on the schooner. Back in Camden we laughed as the vessels we built raced across our small cove to the proud budding naval architects waiting on the beach. Congratulations to all of the students for a job well done!

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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