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Educational sailing adventures for teens and young adults "Changing lives one adventure at a time"
Fulton School Group
Jeff
03/25/2012, Norman's Cay

Hello everyone, Capt. Jeff here! We've had a great week so far with an awesome crew on board Boundless! The group has seen stingrays, barracuda's, and today we collected 20 conch! We had 5 of the conch for dinner tonight. Good weather, blue skies, able crew and crystal clear water...it's a good trip!

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Test
Jeff
03/15/2012, Nassau

This is a test from my Airmail email account to see if it gets posted on my sailblog and FB page. Sent 8pm 3/15

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2nd test
Jeff
03/15/2012, Nassau

2nd and final test from Airmail to Sailblog page and FB page

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SMS in the Bahamas
Jeff
02/21/2012, Nassau

(Josephine- Sophomore at St. Margaret's- Sailing on Boundless) After leaving Virginia with two feet of snow on the ground at 4:30 Monday morning, the six of us, plus Mrs. Armor and her daughter, flew out of Richmond to Atlanta. In Atlanta we had a three or four hour layover which we spent traveling the concourses, eating, people watching and desperately fighting to stay awake. The flight from Atlanta to Nassau was around an hour and a half, and twenty minutes prior to landing we began to spot islands surrounded by bright blue water. Upon arrival, we were directed through the shockingly simple security procedures of the Nassau airport. Apart from the lighted resort billboards, and moving baggage claim, the airport is absent of the invasive technologies and machines that fill American airports. Instead of sliding our bags through a machine programmed to detect any weapons or items prohibited from entering the country, we were asked the simple question; "Are you carrying any tobacco, weapons, or fresh fruit?" and with that we were sent on our way. Much to the native limousine driver's dismay we took a taxicab to where Mr. Armor had parked the "dingy", the small launch that would take us to the anchored 46 foot sailboat. The taxi driver took us through the streets of Nassau which despite the Hilton resort and the luxury retailers quite resembles a third world country. We met Mr. Armor at the launch and from there piled our bags and sailed out to the middle of the harbor where the boat was anchored. After boarding, we set down our bags and had lunch, while going over some of the basics of the boat. We then unanchored ourselves, pulled up the dingy and set sail out of the harbor to a less crowded location. After about an hour of sailing we anchored across from Rose island. After much needed power naps, and a dinner of hamburgers, macaroni and cheese and fruit we played "the envelope game" (a typical getting to know each game involving basic questions) and settled down for bed at around eight. As for sleeping locations, no one seemed to be feeling the crowded "V birth" so Caroline and Abbie packed into the corner cushions along the table with Hannah across from them on the cushioned bench and Grace, Thea and I opted for the cockpit. After a 7 o'clock wakeup call, we all changed, put away pillows, sheets, sleepbags, and our luggage and sat down to a breakfast of cereal and instant hot chocolate. We then had our morning cockpit meeting, going over statistics for the day such as wind conditions and battery usage. Shortly after we checked the oil, started the engine and set sail. As of now, we are sailing to the Exumas with Hannah steering, Thea and Abbie preparing lunch and Caroline and Grace on Deck.

Capt. Jeff here! The group arrived excited but VERY tired after going to bed at 1am and up at 4am to catch the plane. We are on one of our longer passages for the week heading for Norman's Cay. There we'll snorkel on a coral reef and a sunken airplane! I think everyone's looking forward to another great night of sleep and hopefully, by tomorrow, everyone will be feeling like themselves again. I'm hoping to spear some fish and lobster while at Normans's to supplement dinner! The weather looks great for this week although some light winds may have us motoring more than sailing. All for now....Capt. Jeff

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Day 5
Jeff
02/21/2012, Nassau

Hey I'm Grace Berling from St. Margarets School in Tappahannock Virginia. We are in the Exumas right now heading towards Normans Key, and its really hot. The plans for the day is we are snorkeling through a sunken airplane owned by Carlos Lator.

Hey I'm Caroline King also from St. Margarets School. Right now were sailing in the Exumas, heading to Normans Key. When we get there were going to snorkel through a sunken airplane owned by the drug lord, Carlos Lator. Last night we ate out a the Stanel Cay Yacht Club for dinner.

Hey, I'm Hannah Gibian from St. Margaret's School sailing on Boundless through the Exumas. Today the weather is absolutely beautiful and we are headed to Norman's Key. We are planning on snorkeling and catching conch and lobsters for dinner.

Hey I'm Abbie Pearce from St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia. We are heading to Norman's Key today and the weather is amazing. We are going to snorkel through a sunken plane and catch lobsters.

Hey, i'm Thea Suttle from St.Margarets School in Tappahannock Virginia it is so hot today we have spent half of the day chilling in the boat,not tanning as we would be on cooler days.

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02/27/2012 | Sherry Nist
So, may I go next time?! Awesome girls! Hope no one has become a lobster but hope you all are eating LOTS of lobsters!
Test from Green Parrot
Jeff
02/17/2012, Nassau

COMMAND1: COMMAND2: DATE: 2/19/2012 TITLE: This is a test remote post LOCATION: My Office AUTHOR: Tim Harincar BODY: This is a test of the remote processor. If all goes well, this message will appear in my weblog very shortly.

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02/20/2012 | Rick Kahler
I have posted a link to your blog on the MiniMester page. Have a great trip.
02/21/2012 | Sue Gibian
Captain Jeff and SMS Crew,
Have a fabulous adventure!
SMS arrives tomorrow!
Jeff
02/17/2012, Nassau

Boundless is stocked with ten days of food! The freezer is packed, fruit is hanging from nets and all I need now is 6 students. It's going to be a great week!

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One more test...
Jeff
02/17/2012, Nassau

I'm testing this link to Sailblogs to see if it shows up on my Facebook page...

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Here
Jeff
02/17/2012, Nassau

Sitting at the Green Parrot restaurant in Nassau watching the sun go down over the harbor. Time to dinghy back to Boundless before dark. Last night a band played the loudest, worst music I've ever heard until 4 am! I couldn't sleep even with headphones on listening to better music. It will be nice to get out of Nassau tomorrow with the group from SMS on board!!!

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MMA Day 7
08/06/2011, Point Judith, RI

Coach here. Day 7 is here and we are currently anchored along the water breaks outside of Point Judith, Rhode Island. We've been sailing and touring the coast pretty hard the past few days, so we're anchored here remaining on the boat just to relax and recharge. Chili is being made right now so I'm personally rather excited. We had left Woods Hole, RI after a big day of touring the oceanographic research facilities there yesterday evening. Pretty fascinating place. The Woods Hole Institute are the people responsible for finding the wreckage of the Titanic, as well as further developing deep sea exploration in addition to leading and researching ocean conservation efforts. If you're looking to donate to make the world a better place, the institute at Woods Hole is a good way to go. The kids got to see and learn more about what it takes to make sure that the animals and creatures that inhabit the ocean as well as the sea itself will be here on the Earth for decades and centuries after we all are gone. Today was not without its challenges though. We finally got our first patch of rougher weather with some pretty good choppy waves for the 8 hours we were at sea today. There is some heavier rain on the horizon which is why we are docked and anchored. We are fine and the kids are doing amazing so worry not. We are in good hands out here and are pretty confident that we can take care of ourselves too. We've put so much ocean behind us and yet, it didn't feel like a lot at all! I can see why some people marry themselves to the sea. It can be invigorating to say the least. Well, dinner is ready so I must be going. I'll write more soon and before we know it, we'll be in NYC. It's going by so fast! Wish you all were here!

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08/07/2011 | Jacob Pang
Hi Ben, we have tried to contact you. Only today we saw this blog. Nice to know you all enjoyed the trip and are safe. Keep in touch!
Dad
08/07/2011 | Linda Crawford
Hi Jack and all of your ship mates. Sounds like the fun continues. Hopefully today's weather is not such a downer. The chili should keep all of you warm inside and a happy glow. Will there ever be photos of the voyage? Talk with you soon. Let me know about being a land lubber again while in NY. Love, Mom
MMA Day 7
08/05/2011, Woods Hole

Hi everyone, Capt. Jeff here1 We have been doing so incredibly much everyday it's been hard to keep up with the blog! I will try to get the group to write more but by the end of the day we're all pretty tired. We're all pretty excited about sailing into New York City sometime in the next 4-5 days!

MMA Maine to NYC Sailing Adventure Day 6:
This is Jack again and so far we are on day six. Yesterday, underway, we saw a couple whales. It was an amazing sight to see. On the way, we also seat boarded, which was fun. Then we anchored in Province town Cape Cod where we went to the beach. There, we saw crabs, hermit crabs, fish, and ducks. Now we're underway through to Cape Cod Canal and to Onset, MA. Hopefully we get to see more whales on the way there.

Coach here, folks. Wow. So much to say over the last few days. This has been the trip of a lifetime and a trip I myself have needed for my own experiencing of life's lessons and journeys. The highlights you ask? The thing that really got me going was when we headed out to the open Atlantic for the first time. The morning was foggy. Very foggy. Zero percent visibility foggy. I had to sit on the bow keeping an eye peeled for possible obstacles in the way for about 40 minutes as the Boundless motored through the murk at a snail's pace until the fog cleared. To be responsible for success or failure just sitting on the bow and being vigilant was an amazing experience that I could not possibly put into words. I also got to see live whales for the first time in my life which is something I have dreamt of seeing since I was a little boy. The brief glimpses of water thrown through the blowholes of these gorgeous animals took my breath away. I have felt freedom out here. True freedom. The freedom to know that you are doing something meaningful and are truly alive on the planet. The freedom that one can wake up every day excited for what lay ahead and that every singular day is a miracle of nature. It can make a man feel so small and yet so strong and clearheaded all at once. I hope beyond hope that the cadets understand this kind of freedom and the understanding of what is truly and unequivocally important in life. They are helping this ship to run with great enthusiasm and vigor, and we're having a barrel of laughs in the process. Be proud of these. I am. We'll write more very soon. Me and the guys are going to go live some more.



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MMA on the seas!
08/02/2011, Underway from Maine

Ahoy everyone! Capt. Jeff here on board the S/V Boundless! On board with me is a group of students from MMA (Massanutten Military Academy) from Woodstock, Virginia. The group arrived Sunday after a very long day and night of train travel from Virginia to Portland, Maine. After two days of training on board we set off this morning in thick, heavy fog down the Maine coast on our way to New York City. We hope to arrive in NYC in about 7 days from now and spend 3-4 days exploring the city. Along the way we'll make many stops and we hope to be in Cape Ann, Massachusetts this evening. We'll anchor for the night there and all on board are looking forward to the barbecue chicken dinner later this evening. And now, from the rest of the crew...
Greetings from the North Atlantic. This is Coach Wymer and I have to tell you the kids are having the time of their lives so far, even during the training. They've seemed to really take to being a part of the crew and learning what it takes to manage and tame the sea. We've gotten to watch some seals in the past few days, but they've been watching us in return mostly. They were curious of us and a delight to watch how they regarded us. We've even seen a few dolphins but they haven't been seen long so I sadly I couldn't get some pictures of them. We're in whale territory and everyone's keeping watch because seeing a whale is something we are all hopeful for. Plenty of time though. I'll write more later and let the cadets write a bit to you while I stand on the bow and marvel at the expanse in front of us. Wish you all were here!
This is Jack Crawford. So far the trip has been good. In our first destination, Goslings, there were an excessive amount of seals. All of us were taking pictures and since my camera was water proof, I started taking pictures under water. As I lifted my hand out of water I felt my camera snatch off the cord that was around my wrist. I believe that it was a seal that snatched it off. Either that or it just ripped off itself. Next we went to Cliff Island. There, we went to an ice cream shop. In the morning at Cliff Island, it was really foggy, but we still set sail. Now we are underway. Meaning we're on our way to our next destination. I'm really looking forward to going to New York and going to the Broadway show. Until then!
Good evening people! This is Ben Pang on Captain Jeff's Ship! So far it's been pretty fun we saw many creatures that live in the ocean, including seals, dolphins and I am looking forward to see whales in the later days on this ship. Because I am a crippled it was pretty hard for me to walk around the ship and do all other things and try to keep up with others. Except for that, until now it's been quite fine. If you are a male I think you need to look at this, because boys need to sit down while they release nasty stuff which is quite interesting if you have never been on a smaller ship before! If you are planning to come on board with Captain Jeff, I will recommend you to bring lots of sunscreen, as you can tell it has been sunny all day!
Good evening, this is Li. In this morning, we sailed in fog. It's very hard to sail. We began at low speed, and I was a lookout point to help other people find the right way. It should not be left unsaid, the weather is very cold. During the voyage we saw whales for three times, and caught by a storm. Totality be going to says, today's voyage is very successfully. This is the first time I sailed in the sea, is a very exciting trip, and I have learned a lot of things.

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08/05/2011 | Jenny and Liz
Have a great day at Woods Hole today MMA and company. Have fun--but no fair using your new reel in the acquarium, Ben! We miss you--let the adventures continue!
08/06/2011 | Linda Crawford
Sounds like everyone is having a great time. How lucky my Jack is to have had this adventure. The invitation is still open for you all to set sail for Tanzania. There is lots of life in the Indian Ocean also. Enjoy the Atlantic for now!

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