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Latest 2019 Tall Ships ECS Posts

March 22, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Remembering

“And it’s time for us to leave her,” goes Leave Her,J ohnny, the Roseway signature farewell song. Well…we left, and now it is time to remember — remember the ship, the people, the culture, the experiences, the hardship, the joy. For the next couple of days, we will be doing just that, preparing a presentation, video, and various other items to commemorate our ECS. The presentation team is hard at work preparing an informative presentation and entertaining video...
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March 21, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Yet Another Life-Changing ECS

    As the sun rose on St. Croix, our crew of CSS students set sail for the last time. Over the last 10 days, we’ve seen each other burnt from the sun and groggy from waking up at all hours of the night for our anchor watches. After mooring at Christiansted harbor and eating a delicious pizza lunch, we sang a goodbye shanty named “Leave her Johnny” in true Roseway fashion. The farewells were a bittersweet affair. We were - and for the most part still are - exhausted...
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March 20, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | We are no longer the same people as when we left the icy peaks of Colorado

  We awoke to the sounds of our friends cheering us on to haul up the sails. The fact that this will be our last opportunity to heave the halyards, let the ropes fly, and pump the toilets was not lost on anyone. On all of our faces were smiles as we walk out onto the deck into the blanket of the warmth coming from the glistening soul of our galaxy. Many of us, early this morning, plunged ourselves into the ocean for a quick morning swim. We sailed back to St. Croix, homeward bound, to...
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March 19, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Stinking Toe Fruit and Petroglyphs

  Today was our last chance to explore St. John before heading back to St. Croix, where our journey began. We started off with an elegant egg frittata paired with savory bacon, which fueled us for the hike ahead. We then motored into Cruz Bay and met our guides Kent and Joe, two National Parks Service volunteers, on the dock. We took Safari cars up to the Reef Bay trail head and began our educational journey. Along our three-mile hike, Kent dove into different aspects of the trail and...
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March 18, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Annaberg Plantation

  We started today off anchored in Francis Bay, St. John. We took small boats to the shore and began with a small hike up to the ruins of the Annaberg sugar mill and plantation. The walk was a delightful experience with beautiful scenery, palm trees, and weather. When we arrived at the top, the ocean view was breathtaking with bright turquoise waters. The remnants of the historic plantation helped us to understand more about the island’s use of slaves for sugar production. The stone...
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March 18, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Longest Day of Sailing

  Today was the longest day of sailing yet: it started at 6:15 a.m. raising the anchor. Our wake up-call was the rough seas, and then our long day ahead started (40 nautical miles). For some of the students this was torture, and some threw up from sea sickness. However, we all endured and still rotated through our daily activities, consisting of active watch, reading/journaling, knot tying, and celestial navigation. This connected to our anchor watch activity from last night because we...
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March 18, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Hiking to Flamenco Beach

    We started off our day bright and early with a 7:00 a.m. wake-up call to sail from St. Thomas to Culebra. The total voyage took about 5 hours as we set our anchor in Tamarind Point Bay. We immediately noted the beautiful views from our anchorage and excitedly prepared for the afternoon. We went to shore and took a short one-mile hike to Flamenco Beach, which is renowned around the world as one of the best beaches on the planet. This was the first contact we have had with other...
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March 15, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Navigation, Weather Patterns, and the Physics of Sailing

  Today was a long but perfect day of sailing. We set off earlier than usual, waking promptly at 7:00 a.m. to make the eight-hour passage from Green Cay to Culebrita. However, due to some changes in the wind, we were forced to re-route to St. Thomas, pushing back our plans to reach Culebrita until tomorrow. During the lengthy passage, we split into watch groups and further developed our skills in navigation, weather patterns, the physics of sailing, and active watch.   We even had...
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March 14, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Maritime Navigation

  We started off today snorkeling around Buck Island again. However, we explored a different side of the island. We spotted some pretty cool critters, including more nurse sharks and even a dolphin from the ship! After a morning of snorkel-filled fun, we got underway back to Green Cay, the same place as the previous night.   Today was a big step forward for us being able to run the ship. We were tested by a guerrilla attack of safety drills: a fire drill and a man overboard drill....
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March 13, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Parrotfish, nurse sharks, sea shanties, and more!

After our first day on the Roseway, we climbed down to the bunks and woke each other up every hour for anchor watch. This watch consisted of checking the bilge levels, the ship’s batteries, and the weather. Each hourly group recorded this information in the ship’s log. When Ray finally arrived we were woken up around 7:30 for breakfast. This morning’s meal was French toast and we all ate happily before beginning our morning chores. As soon as the bunks, deck, and galley were clean...
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Tall Ships ECS March 21, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Yet Another Life-Changing ECS

    As the sun rose on St. Croix, our crew of CSS students set sail for the last time. Over the last 10 days, we’ve seen each other burnt from the sun and groggy from waking up at all hours of the night for our anchor watches. After mooring at Christiansted harbor and eating a...
» read more
Tall Ships ECS March 19, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Stinking Toe Fruit and Petroglyphs

  Today was our last chance to explore St. John before heading back to St. Croix, where our journey began. We started off with an elegant egg frittata paired with savory bacon, which fueled us for the hike ahead. We then motored into Cruz Bay and met our guides Kent and Joe, two National...
» read more
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