Different Drum Sailing Adventures

Educational sailing adventures for teens and young adults "Changing lives one adventure at a time"

12 June 2013 | Potomac River
12 June 2013 | Potomac River
18 April 2013 | Ship Channel Cay
18 April 2013 | Norman's Cay
20 March 2013 | Highbourne Cay
20 March 2013 | Highbourne Cay
20 March 2013 | Shroud Cay
20 March 2013 | Shroud Cay
20 March 2013 | Norman's Cay
20 March 2013 | Allen's Cay
20 March 2013 | Allen's Cay
24 February 2013 | Norman''s Cay
24 February 2013 | Norman''s Cay
24 February 2013 | Allen's Cay
24 February 2013 | Ship Channel Cay
21 February 2013 | Nassau
21 February 2013 | Nassau
21 February 2013 | Nassau
20 February 2013 | Coral Harbour
18 February 2013 | Coral Harbour

Day 3

12 June 2013 | Potomac River
NCS group
Hi Mom, Dad and other parents! This is Jack. The trip has been great and we are having a lot of fun. I have never seen this much of the Chesapeake Bay. One day we went to a small island and looked for shark teeth. On the island there was also a lot of ospreys and osprey nests with eggs in the nests. We all found at least one shark teeth. Well we are doing something new every day, can't wait to see you guys.

This is Nick. This week of the snailing trip has been very educational, fun, and interesting. We have raised and lowered the main sail, made lunch, dinner, and breakfast, and anchored to explore different places. However, my favorite thing so far was going up the mast in a seat attached to the very top. When I arrived a top the 56-foot mast I was cleated on at the bottom and was able to swing back and forth at the top(there are videos of if you want to watch). It was scary at first but I soon enjoyed it doing many tricks(like a 900 degree rotation/2 1/2 360s). It was very fun and I hope to do it again.

This is Alex. This week has been a great learning experience and a ton of fun. Each of us have had to try something new this week. Mine new experience was just this night when Captain "Skippy" and jack hoisted me up the mast. At first it was scary but after a while i got used to it and it was a lot of fun. I'm glad i got to do it. Another fun adventure was the trip to a Colonial town. There we got to go on one of the old ships called the dove. It was cool because that exact ship was the same one that held old settlers that had colonized over 400 years ago. Probably the coolest addition was the wildlife. We saw pigs, roosters (we all tried to buy one), chickens, woodchucks, cats, dogs, and even some snakes. Overall this trip had been one of the best trips I've had in a while. Its going to be sad when we have to leave but right now I'm ready for tonight.

NCS

12 June 2013 | Potomac River
Capt. Jeff
Capt. Jeff here on day 3 of the Norfolk Collegiate sailing trip! Unfortunately, everyone's been having so much fun that we haven't had time to update anyone on our activities! We are up at 0700 hrs each morning and don't stop until we're all tired and falling into bed around 9 pm! It's been a great trip so far and everyone is enjoying living and traveling on a sailboat. Tonight's dinner is barbecue chicken, rice and salad and we can't wait to eat! We'll have the group write something after dinner. All for now....

CELC

18 April 2013 | Ship Channel Cay
Capt. Jeff
Friday, 19 April 2013: Another sunny day in the Exumas. Today featured a snorkel inside and around a sunken plane, a swift drift dive along a reef called "the refrigerator" where we found some some conch (hence the reef's name). After a fine lunch of grilled cheese, we sailed to Allen's Cay, the island famous for its indigenous and endangered "Exuma Igaunas" that roam the island, and come mighty close to visiting humans. While on the small beach, Captain Jeff instructed the group in removing conch from the shell - quite a process. Tomorrow, we will be eating conch fritters for lunch. A full day we've had. Everyone is relaxed and tired and very much enjoying life aboard Boundless. A couple of quotes for today: "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." Helen Keller

"How you spend your minutes determines how you spend your life."

Gratitude and love, Boundless Crew

CELC

18 April 2013 | Norman's Cay
Capt. Jeff
Thursday, already??? 18 April, 2013. First to clarify from yesterday's blog entry, re: 'buried in the sand' was meant to read: Followed a sea turtle's route underwater and saw a large Southern string ring that was buried in the sand.

Today's updates:

We awoke around the same time as yesterday, 0700 to be correct in sailing terms. Breakfast of hot chocolate, cereal, and fruit tasted great for a morning at sea. After the cockpit meeting, we lathered up, got the wetsuits on, and took the dinghy to Octopus's Garden (not many people know of this great snorkel spot, according to Captain Jeff). There was a current, so I literally did nothing but breathe when snorkeling. The fish and coral were both spectacular. I am thankful for being able to go on this trip, especially because of the stars. - Emma

AMAZING! The see-through water was so clear that I saw fish circling 13 feet below as I was putting on my snorkel gear from inside the dinghy. "Okay, it is in neutral, so jump in," Captain Jeff said as he prepared us for our drift dive. He would then take the dinghy to the other end of the reef to pick us up. The cool water rushed through every opening in my wetsuit and soon my body was chilled. I quickly warmed up and was snorkeling alongside my snorkel buddy Elena, without a care in the world. - Jakob

Today we went snorkeling in Octopus's Garden. There were no octopus, but plenty of coral and fish. It was colorful and bright. There was blue, green, red, and black all over the place, and many more colors of fish too! The brightest were angel fish that were blue and yellow. It was fun to snorkel and be able to see so all of the different kinds of fish. - Gabe

Jeff brought us to Octopus's Garden in the dinghy, a small motor boat that can be attached to the sailboat. Octopus's Garden is like a garden of coral and fish. We saw bunches and bunches of fish. My favorite was a rainbow fish. The head was purplish-blue and the scales were all different colors. Tomorrow, we are going to snorkel inside a sunken aircraft. I think that will be so cool! - Elena

My third day on Boundless and we swam at Octopus's Garden, one of the greatest coral reef's anywhere, although almost no one knows about it. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. There were so many beautiful coral's and fish, so many different colors and shapes - I cannot wait to post the pics! - Nolan

Well, today we saw very much. It started with Emma's goggles not working and continued onto playing at an amazing beach. While snorkeling in Octopus's Garden, we saw lots and lots of bright blue, purple, yellow, and many more colors of fish. No barracuda's were in sight today, .. but they were there, ... somewhere. The food is great, the boat is fabulous, showers and surprisingly a lot better than last year, and it is so much fun. In conclusion, everything here is fantastic and looks like a real-life postcard! - Jody

CELC

20 March 2013 | Highbourne Cay
Capt. Jeff
Bound for Boundless! 16 April: 5 a.m. airport shuttle to Newark. Hanging out in the United Club eating bagels and paying cards. Smooth flight, landing at 1:20 p.m. in Nassau, Bahamas. Greetings from Captain Jeff. Wind is right, and conditions best to set sail. We begin our 6-hour journey to Ship Channel Cay in the Exumas. A fine meal and a fist night's sleep aboard the gently rocking sailboat. The night is dark and the sky chock full of stars. we've arrived!

Tuesday, 17 April: Hello Day! Surrounded by turquoise blue waters, white sands,l lush island, and we are the only people around. Cockpit meeting with Jakob as Captain for the day, Elena as First Mate. We record our Lat. and Long., wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, Amps, and more. Climb aboard the dinghy - a day of snorkeling. Followed a sea turtle, saw barracuda, parrot fish, and even a large Southern Sting Ray buried in the sand. Swimming off the boat, lots of fun in the sun. Set sail to Highbourne Cay - site of a little known reef called Octopus Garden, which is where we will begin our undersea exploration tomorrow. What a day! Stay tuned for more ... right now, it is sleepy time!

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20 March 2013 | Highbourne Cay
Capt. Jeff
Megan here!! Today was our last day of snorkeling. We went to the mangroves and then showered at a pirates' well before ending the day with a snorkel through the octopus's garden where we saw a sting ray and a lion fish. Hope it's not too cold back home. I'm really growing to love the warm weather. I am pretty anxious to see if I got into all the schools I applied to though. Today is the day for the ivies!! Hope all is well. Tomorrow we will be sailing about six hours to Nassau and then eating out on the town. I'll see everyone the next day!

Kennedy and Bailey both love their mommy dearest's!!! oh and btw we snorkeled in the Octopus' Garden today....yes like the Beatles song ahahahahaha MUAH

See you all soon! Much love -Emily

Spending our last night in the Exumas, we are at Highbourne Cay. I made some conch ceviche and the crew made a lovely lobster pizza, life is tough. Heading back to civilization tomorrow and then on to our loved ones. Miss you lots Patti, I speared a lobster and a lionfish today. See you soon, ehe--Dr. McGrath

Another great day!

20 March 2013 | Shroud Cay
Capt. Jeff
Hello from Shroud Key! Today I snorkeled a drug plane as well as saw my first set of mangroves. We were on a beach this afternoon and saw a ray that charged after Emily and I. I saw a shrimp cleaning anenome. We went onto a small island and played the sand is lava and wrote our names on a local grafiti house where many interesting things written upon the walls. I swam through the drug plane and was surrounded by seargent major fish! I was giggling in excitement love you all! PS I wish you well with your wisdom teeth tomorrow Chad!!!! Take good video Mikey!!! - Kennedy

Emily here! I cant believe its Wednesday and there is only 2 and a half days left! We snorkeled some Mangroves and got more lobster today :) Chad and Mikey I hope yall had fun yesterday and Chad I hope all goes well tomorrow! I hope Aaron isnt walking yet cause that means ill be missing it:/ but if he is make sure your taking videos! Been thinking about you all alot, goodnight! <3 btw if you reply we CAN read them so REPLY :) and feed my fish :P

Hey it's Megan! Can't believe our trip is half over already. But so glad I missed the snow. We snorkled in some mangroves today and we've been catching loads of lobster and conch today. We stopped at two islands today and some of us went exploring on roads to nowhere. I also found a sea biscuit and a banded sea star at one of the islands when I was snorkeling. The sea star was alive and suctioned to my hand. Currently, Captain is cooking all of our lobster. Well, love everyone and goodnight

Hey it's Brandon! This trip has been amazing, so far we have snorkeled everyday, moving all over the Exumas - an island chain in the Bahamas! It has been a beautiful trip; everyday has been sunny and warm. The coral reefs are gorgeous. I swam with a 4-5ft nurse shark the other day! We also saw an 8ft reef shark and also a nurse shark that we passed over in the dingy. Today we snorkeled around a sunken drug plane that crashed in the 80's. I miss all of you, and I would have blogged sooner but I didn't even know you guys knew about this. Love y'all

Heyyyy it's Bay! ATTENTION PARENTAL UNIT aka MOMMY... PLEASE tell me if you found out our parts yet. Hope y'all are doing good. miss y'all like crazy!!! love youuuuuu btw im still safe haha PLEASE RESPOND!!!

Hello, its Dr. McGrath. Today was the day of inverts, we caught 3 lobsters, saw cleaning shrimp, mantis shrimp, a crab and took some nice souvenirs of mollusks. We were then treated to a firework show and the Captains guitar. Patti: I found some things at the trash heap for you, along with some awesome shells. Can't wait to see you Saturday. Ehe

Another great day!

20 March 2013 | Shroud Cay
Capt. Jeff
Hello from Shroud Key! Today I snorkeled a drug plane as well as saw my first set of mangroves. We were on a beach this afternoon and saw a ray that charged after Emily and I. I saw a shrimp cleaning anenome. We went onto a small island and played the sand is lava and wrote our names on a local grafiti house where many interesting things written upon the walls. I swam through the drug plane and was surrounded by seargent major fish! I was giggling in excitement love you all! PS I wish you well with your wisdom teeth tomorrow Chad!!!! Take good video Mikey!!! - Kennedy

Emily here! I cant believe its Wednesday and there is only 2 and a half days left! We snorkeled some Mangroves and got more lobster today :) Chad and Mikey I hope yall had fun yesterday and Chad I hope all goes well tomorrow! I hope Aaron isnt walking yet cause that means ill be missing it:/ but if he is make sure your taking videos! Been thinking about you all alot, goodnight! <3 btw if you reply we CAN read them so REPLY :) and feed my fish :P

Hey it's Megan! Can't believe our trip is half over already. But so glad I missed the snow. We snorkled in some mangroves today and we've been catching loads of lobster and conch today. We stopped at two islands today and some of us went exploring on roads to nowhere. I also found a sea biscuit and a banded sea star at one of the islands when I was snorkeling. The sea star was alive and suctioned to my hand. Currently, Captain is cooking all of our lobster. Well, love everyone and goodnight

Hey it's Brandon! This trip has been amazing, so far we have snorkeled everyday, moving all over the Exumas - an island chain in the Bahamas! It has been a beautiful trip; everyday has been sunny and warm. The coral reefs are gorgeous. I swam with a 4-5ft nurse shark the other day! We also saw an 8ft reef shark and also a nurse shark that we passed over in the dingy. Today we snorkeled around a sunken drug plane that crashed in the 80's. I miss all of you, and I would have blogged sooner but I didn't even know you guys knew about this. Love y'all

Heyyyy it's Bay! ATTENTION PARENTAL UNIT aka MOMMY... PLEASE tell me if you found out our parts yet. Hope y'all are doing good. miss y'all like crazy!!! love youuuuuu btw im still safe haha PLEASE RESPOND!!!

Hello, its Dr. McGrath. Today was the day of inverts, we caught 3 lobsters, saw cleaning shrimp, mantis shrimp, a crab and took some nice souvenirs of mollusks. We were then treated to a firework show and the Captains guitar. Patti: I found some things at the trash heap for you, along with some awesome shells. Can't wait to see you Saturday. Ehe

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20 March 2013 | Norman's Cay
Capt. Jeff
Hello from Norman's Key. Wonderful day full of nurse sharks, grey reef sharks, a turtle and plenty of conch. We snorkeled a reef affectionately called the refrigerator. And plenty of conch and one lobster were removed from the fridge. Our shower tonight included a nice fast current, but no one needed an extra line. We then had an awesome appetizer of conch fritters followed by delicious bbq chicken. Patti: I actually took some non- blurry photographs. I miss you and ehe right back at you.

Helllllllloooooo!!!! It's Bailey! sorry i didn't blog yesterday...i know you're worried sick but I'm fine and i love you to pieces! Tell Holden that i wish him a happy birthday!!! PLEASEEE tell me what parts Kennedy and i what parts we got. oh and btw I'm missing Jake like crazy sooooo i think I've made my decision after a lot of thinking out here. i really do like that sucker hahahaha. FINALLY i just wanted to make sure you knew that I'm doing my best to be safe out here. I'm coming home in one piece for sure. can't wait to see you again and tell you about all of my adventures <3 i love you and tell daddy and Holden too!!!

Its Emily and I have big news. I SWAM WITH MY FIRST SHARKS TODAY! We saw 3 nurse sharks and a 6ft reef shark which was swimming right below me! I couldnt be happier out here (unless you all were here of course). Its only 3 days into the trip and i have so much to tell you when i get home! Were snorkling a sunken drug plane tomorrow :O, Goodnight! feed my fish :)

Salutations from the Caribbean- Kennedy. So today I swam with sharks!!!!! I wasn't even scared. We saw barracuda, angelfish, lobster, and much more. I caught my own conch!!! We had conch fritters for dinner aswell as bbq chicken!!!! We have listened to Henry Belafonte and had a riff off (which Bowling Green lost)! This has been wonderful and I have no idea how I will ever return home! I miss you guys dearly :)! Drug plane snorkeling tomorrow! Love to all!

Great day!!!

20 March 2013 | Allen's Cay
Capt. Jeff
Hello to everyone on dry land this is Dr. McGrath. We are doing well, now anchored at Alan's Key. We have seen sting rays, turtles, and lots of beautiful fishes and corals. I have one small lobster and two fish in the bag already. Everyone is having a great time and loving life. Patti: Its not the same without you, miss you very much. Sending home lots of love.

Hello, this is Emily! Im having a blast! This is so beautiful and today I raised my first ever sail! Mom, Dad, Casey, Josh, AARON, and Chad I love and miss you so much! By the way i think i have avoided sunburn and im feeling really well. We had speghetti tonight :) See you all soon! <3 Chad I hope your surgery goes really well! Mikey better take good care of you! Have fun at Modestep tomorrow! oh and everyone, feed my fish pleaseeee! :)

Hey its Kennedy :)! Got a little sun today but I've been super duper careful... Bailey climbed a coconut tree, I named some iguanas after hispanic singers, hoisted the sails with Emily, and finally SAW A SEA TURTLE!!!!!!!!!!! Making cookies with the first mate Nia and Emily Dad you would love it here the sailing is great (though I did get a lil sick today) Bella you would love all of the colorful fish! I miss you all! Talk to ya later. PS Michael Lee take care of Chad while he is nursing wounds from teeth removal and make good choices there and at modestep.

Hello, 7h1s pr0v3s how 4w3s0m3 you 4r3 just saying =p..... Kenny

Hey it's Megan! I'm getting tanner with no sunburn so far so everything is bueno. We saw a sea turtle, and the captain and Dr McGrath caught some fish and a lobster so we will be eating good soon. Miss everyone, tell Gramma I said I love her since I didn't have a chance to say bye. Love yal, Megan

Still having fun...

20 March 2013 | Allen's Cay
Capt. Jeff
As I sit down to write this, Nelly and Savannah are behind me in the kitchen making us a dinner of homemade pizza! They are on dinner duty tonight. Grace and Joey had breakfast today and Angie and I were on lunch duty.

Yesterday we made our way to Allen's Cay. We went to an island that has an endangered species of iguanas. This island is the only place in the entire world where they live. They run right up to you on the beach and then stop. Some of them are HUGE! We also went snorkeling at Octopus's Garden, which was wonderful. When snorkeling we are always in groups of 2 or more. Angie and I have been together and have come up with some great hand motions to get each others attention when we spot something worthy of showing. Grace and Joey have been partners and they were both born to be in the water! Savannah and Nelly are partners and they have gotten super good at diving under water and getting sand dollars, etc.

Today we went snorkeling again and saw so many sting rays! We saw two buried in the sand and Angie and I saw a baby one. We also saw a lot of sea cucumbers, sea urchins and tropical fish. We also went searching for conch today to make conch fritters, which are amazing. Grace and I were on a mission and found 5, but they were the wrong species so we can not eat them.

There was a navigation class today that the girls rocked. Tonight is the last night out in the ocean. Tomorrow we wake up early to sail back to Nassau, which is about a 7 hour trip. We will have lunch/dinner there, look around and hang out. We will go back to the boat to sleep. On Saturday we will be catching our airplane back to Dayton. This trip has been amazing, the girls have been awesome and I could not think of a better group of girls to spend Spring Break with.

Some words from the girls:

Joey says: "Today was all fun, but my favorite part was swimming in Grace's mermaid tail. hint hint mom and dad my birthday is coming soon. Were also planing a trip to MAINE THIS SUMMER!"

Nelly says: "Today was fun and I am burnt. But my favorite part was learning how to equalize so I could dive deeper to get things from the bottom of the ocean."

Savannah says: " I am not burnt and no one has gotten on my nerves. Best part of the day was seeing the orange sky in the morning. I also I am planning Miss. Carey's and Robi's wedding."

Angie says: "Hello all freezing parents/sisters, I do not miss you I only miss the horses, Addiegater, and Chase"

Grace says: "Hi! Like Nelly I also equalized and grabbed shells and sand dollars from the 20 foot deep part of the reef, and stayed down for 4-5 seconds! I also enjoyed seeing the iguanas from Allan's Cay. I put my hand down to pick up some sea glass, and here comes an iguana waddling its way over to my feet. And it wasn't one of those little tree lizards, it was a 1-2 foot lizard awkwardly staring into my eyes. Seeing another piece of sea glass, I reach down and here it comes; The Amazing Waddling Iguana. He is literally a couple inches away from me, so I freeze. He eyes my hand, so I think that he thinks I have food. If that made sense. So there he is, inching his way towards my hand, when he starts climbing my ankle to get to the invisible food in my hand. It was like playing with my dog, Charlie, but you could tell that these iguanas are even smarter because I played fetch with them! I threw invisible food (most likely a stick or something), he would awkwardly half sprint half waddle over to the stick and bring it back. I was laughing so much! Who knew I could easily train a wild iguana? Totally getting off topic, Joey and I swam under the boat from port side to star board in one breath! We did this multiple times and Captain Jeff owes us both two Cokes, one for each time we went under, two being the limit of Cokes. I miss everyone back in Dayton and I can't wait until i can see you all again! I've collected a ton of shells for everyone! but in the meantime, equalize, dive, and train an iguana, all in one breath."

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24 February 2013 | Norman''s Cay
Capt. Jeff
Good morning! All the girls just woke up, they got about 10 hours of sleep. Every night they are tired, well feel and excited about the next day. Yesterday we had a wonderful day. We woke up and Nelly and Savannah were on breakfast crew. After we had a lovely prepared meal we had a mini lesson on weather and forecasting. Yesterday Grace was our Captain and she ran our morning meeting. That is where we get the run down on the daily weather, the wind and how it changes our daily plans and how much energy we used on the boat. Once we finished our meeting we got in the dingy and went to Shroud's Cay. It is an island made up of mangroves and has canals that you boat in to get to the most amazing beach. This beach was the most beautiful place I have ever been with white sand and the bluest water. We had lunch there, played in the water, Joey and I did headstands and got about 2 pounds of sand in our hair, and built a pretty impressive sand castle. After that we took the dingy back to the sailboat and on the way saw a juvenile shark! We made our way to the boat, got our showing shampoo, etc and went to a fresh water well that people have been using since the 1700's! We were able to wash our hair in fresh water, something we will never take for granted again!

Today we are going to snorkel on more coral and then sail to an island for some beach time. We will report back later!

Some words from the girls:

Angie says: "Having so much fun." Joey and Nelly say: "Thank you for sending me on this trip! and also...living in the present, forgot about home"

Grace says: "Thank you for sending me. I am having so much fun and I LOVE snorkeling. P.S. Mom! I swam with a shark! P.P.S I am sunburnt...."

Savannah says: " loving this trip!"
Vessel Name: Boundless
Vessel Make/Model: Morgan 462
Hailing Port: Chester Gap, VA
Crew: Capt. Jeff
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Who: Capt. Jeff
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