Monday, September 29, 2008
Volunteer Instructor Bob Bura's tug Basil John comes alongside near Stony Point.
Documentary film maker Michael Moore and his family sailed aboard Inland Seas on Saturday 9-27-08. Besides enjoying sailing the ship, the plankton station was a big hit with this group. Also along was my German exchange daughter Tina Weinhag, a senior at Suttons Bay HS this year. -Capt. Tom
Thursday, September 25, 2008
With visibility down to 1/8 mile some of the time Inland Seas took the Kalkaska Middle School students on a smooth ride around the Bay. I don't think we ever had more than 5 knots of wind. The fog finally lifted and the sun came out towards the end of the sail. Our trawl catch was mostly round goby (as usual) and a few small rock bass.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Webb leading the discussion on the afterdeck. Here students learn the physics involved with sailing, a little history and a little navigation. Each student also gets a trick at the wheel.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We were blessed with moderate north-northeast winds of 10-17 knots and mostly gentle seas. And we were also blessed with our friend and former ship's cook Laura Cavender, who came along today to prepare our lunch of seafood chowder, baked apples, cheese and onion biscuits, carrots, grapes and cheese! What a feed.
Students also took part in a man-overboard drill, with our little friend "sponge Bob" (really a sponge) as the "victim".
Thanks to Lynda and her team for bringing along such well prepared and enthusiastic students. And thanks to our Volunteer Instructors Maury Witteveen, Thom Yokum, Jerry & Carol Inman, and Larry Garber.
Keeping good look out!
Stephanie returns to the Schoolship!
On Tuesday September 16, 2008, students from the Little River Band in Manistee sailed aboard the Schoolship. It was a blustery afternoon with the winds about 20 knots, and gusts to 30. We sailed with just the staysail and reefed main, which was just right. We occasionally hit 9.5 mph through the water with this short rig.
Instrumental in making this trip happen was Stephanie Ogren, a fishery biologist with the Little River Band and former ISEA Student Intern (about 12 years ago!). It was great to sail with you again Stephanie.
Funding for this trip was provided by the Michigan Sea Grant Program - COSEE.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
September 9, 2008 - NMC's Watershed Science Class taught by Colleen Masterson - And, Jeanie's Last Day as Cook Aboard Inland Seas
This morning we had an early departure with 12 students from Northwestern Michigan College's Watershed Science class, taught by Colleen Masterson. We had a beautiful fall morning on the lake, with light NW wind and easy sailing.
It was also Jeanie Inglehart's last day with us as Ship's Cook. We will really miss Jeanie, and not just at lunch time. She really gave the ship a big heart this summer. Thanks Jeanie, and Bon Voyage.