The students awoke to the sound of the Bosun’s pipe and Thibaut’s call of “Out of your bunks and into your trunks, it’s time to go swimming”. The final game of a four game series leaves starboard and port tied up. After an intense game of keep-away, the crew went down-bellow to cook a delicious breakfast. Everyone enjoyed the crew’s breakfast and as soon as they finished, got started on dishes and other daily chores. Once all chores were completed, the students preformed a water quality lab and compiled a weather report. Students and crew went ashore in New Bedford to see Fort Taber. Lizzie had the students spend an hour of solo time before they went over to explore the Fort. While the students were ashore the Capt. Randall and the crew welcomed the young sailors from the New Bedford Community Boating Center aboard the Schooner for a tour. When everyone was back aboard we weighed anchor and got underway, headed for Holly’s house in Wing’s Cove. The students enjoyed a relaxing last orientation sail, until the weather turned stormy. We anchored in Wing’s Cove just as it started to rain. The students helped the crew secure the deck and put sail covers on. Everyone got ready to go ashore for a cookout and some pool time. They jumped on the trampoline and enjoyed the tree swing. Almost everyone jumped off the diving board into the pool. We finished off the night with the “Tabor Talk”, where the students can ask question about Tabor of current Tabor students. This gives them a chance to see Tabor from the crew’s point of view and have a better understanding of how things work, the ins and outs of Tabor Academy. Holly gave the schooner’s history talk down below, out of the rain. The students started quiet ship when she finished and got their things ready to leave the next morning. Lights out was at 2145. Today was a perfect end to orientation week six and the summer 2014 Orientation at Sea Program.
The day began with jumping jacks and push-ups, as is tradition, followed by a jump in the ocean. The students immediately went ashore after breakfast to explore Bull Island and its aquatic creatures in the intertidal zone. Among the rocks on the shore, crabs, periwinkles, mussels, and bay scallops were all collected to create a rocky intertidal “museum.” Everyone was ferried directly from the island into Woods Hole for some time ashore; the candy store received a significant increase in business. On shore, the students also had the unique opportunity to see an experiment being performed on cuttlefish in one of the many research labs in the town. After coming back aboard, the schooner got underway towards our destination: Clarks Cove. The crew, aided by the students, hoisted the sails to catch the Buzzards Bay Sou’westerly breeze. While the Tabor Boy tacked down the bay under full sail, the watch officers taught basic navigation and how to steer the schooner. They were fully involved and needed in the process of guiding the schooner safely to her anchorage. After securing the deck and furling the sails beautifully, dinner was served. Formal colors –the last formal colors of the summer – was observed on the quarterdeck under a pale orange sky. The daily discussion tonight was centered around the idea of renewable energy; a topic that sparked a lively battle of opinions. Everyone was ready for lights out by 2130, but excited for another day!
Above Photo: Trying an oyster during a hands on lesson about oyster farming from owner of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, Seth Garfield It was another early morning for the students, as the XO woke the students with his bosun’s pipe at 0600. Remembering the temperature of the water from the prior night, they were not excited about morning dip. To cure this, the XO led a longer than normal workout, and shortened the time they spent in the water. Once everyone got changed for the day, chores began. Polishing brass is everyone’s favorite thing to do at 0700. Breakfast was soon served: chocolate chip pancakes, which are always a big hit! At 0830, Seth Garfield arrived alongside the vessel, taking all the students on a tour of his oyster farm along the island of Penikese. Everyone got to try an oyster — some definitely more excited about the idea than others. Most thought it was way too salty. The tour ended when they were dropped off on Cuttyhunk Island and given some free time to explore. Captain Randall arrived at noon to bring everyone back to the vessel where we had a wonderful lunch, provided by our amazing cook Ellie Sullivan. After lunch, the boat was stuck in a thick fog and we had swim call to wait for it to burn off a little; everyone had a great time jumping from the rigging into the water. By 1500, the fog cleared up and we headed up the Elizabeth Islands to Hadley Harbor (off the island of Naushon). After a very enjoyable trip up the bay we headed into Hadley Harbor across from the town of Woods Hole at 1700. The rest of the afternoon was taken up by Lizzie Mitchell, our program director, who led the students through leadership activities. The day ended with students playing games on deck, and a group discussion about water quality. What will tomorrow bring? Be sure to check out more photos from the day on our Flickr PhotoStream!