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Orientation-at-Sea 2009 Off to a Great Start

Another summer means another Orientation-at-Sea program! The first week got the program off to a great start up in Camden, Maine despite some less-than-ideal weather. The students spent the week getting to know one another, getting acclimated to the school and learning some basic sailhandling as we made our way downeast from Camden. We were blessed with a great sailing breeze on Monday and got to show the students what the Tabor Boy can do! On the academic side of things, we are very lucky this year to have Emily Chandler (TA '05, Bates '09) aboard to introduce the students to the basics of Marine Science. The students partake in exercises ranging from exploring the rocky intertidal zones, learning about glaciology during hikes in Acadia National Park, and examining zooplankton under the schooner's compound microscopes. The first group of students had a great time and learned a lot! We have an awesome crew this summer with myself and Trevor Poole, both Tabor '08 alums, joining Ty Pennypacker (TA '98), Cap and the student crew (Spencer Ash '10, Scott Lauermann '11). Thanks to Cap's incredible dedication to the schooner and the Orientation program, another eighty students will enter Tabor having had the unique experience of being aboard and being a part of Tabor's maritime tradition.

We post a brief blog daily which outlines the events of each day of the Orientation program along with some pictures of the students as they go through their week aboard, posted at: http://web.me.com/ssvtaborboy/Site/Welcome.html

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Comment by James Hutton on July 9, 2009 at 8:37am
Chris,
Peter is right, I'm very envious but at least I can live vicariously through your post. I am so grateful of your and the rest of the crew's efforts in making this Orientation program so rich. I honestly had no idea that it had so much depth till reading your blog. Programs such as this will keep the schooner alive.
I regret not being able to spend more time with you aboard the schooner during the alumni weekend. I would have really liked to catch up and learn how college is progressing for you.
Again, thanks so much for your terrific efforts with the post. It's a lot of fun to read and brings back memories. Be safe and keep the MUG's (Midshipman Under Guidance) busy!
Jamie
Comment by Peter A. Mello on July 2, 2009 at 2:02pm
Thanks for sharing Chris!

I've added the RSS of the Tabor Orientation program to the top of the Tabor Boy Project because I think members will be interested in seeing the schooner in action this summer.

Plus a lot of us are envious of your summer job!

I'm looking forward to regular updates from Orientation at Sea. Thanks again.

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