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We docked in beautiful Oyster Bay last night. This morning we took our morning swim, which really helped me wake up, and had pancakes and sausage for breakfast. We then pushed off and set sail for Port Jefferson.
I was on watch from 12 to 4 this afternoon. The Captain stood with me in the wheelhouse and talked to me about the electronic navigational equipment. It was easy to look at the screen and see where we were and where we were heading. He let me steer for a while too, which made me nervous at first, but then I got the hang of it and felt pretty proud of myself.
There was a lot of wind today! The most amazing thing we learned was to climb the shrouds and go out on the yard arms to release the gaskets for the upper topsails. The view from up there was awesome. And, even though getting the sails ready, setting them and then bracing the yards was hard work, when we were done, we were able to sit back, relax and let the wind blow in our faces. It really was an exhilarating day.
Courtney ~ age 15
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