Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
We just wrapped up two days of maintenance on Adventuress and you wouldn't believe how much we got done. I could keep it a secret, but decided I would enjoy it much less if I didn't get to share it with all the people who work so hard to keep her(and us) afloat. So here is a list, but keep in mind that for everything that was completed many other things had to happen: like moving deck boxes, walking every where except the deck, working out of Hefe, mixing, cleaning, coordinating, prepping, troubleshooting, buying, climbing, sanding and well...a little bit of guessing and just praying it will dry in time.
So here we go:
- Scraped the entire deck for paint, etc. and slushed the whole deck
- Scrubbed down and Osphod the entire hull
- Sanded and Painted both rubrails
- Popped paint bubbles on the entire hull, then faired and painted all bare spots (2 coats)
- Slushed not just the standing rigging, but the backstays, head rig and jib and staysail stays
- Cut down all the troublesome bolt ends in the focsle that have been bopping people in the head, arms and feet
- End for ended both the throat and peak halyards on the fore (anything to give them some life!)
- Painted beautiful bunk numbers on the new focsle bunks
- Had a thorough cleaning of the belowdecks (field day)
- Replaced bad shackles aloft - bad shackles! Bad Shackles!
- Inspected and cleaned 'suspect' blocks aloft
- Pinned or double nutted every bolt that wasn't already done in the standing rigging
- Applied sodium borate not just to the lazarette, but to the main cabin and focsle bilges
- Killed bad mosses that were actually growing aloft in our trestletrees! Bad moss! Bad moss!
- Finished the servings on the head rig
- Traced down the issue with the fire pump that was not allowing us to use more than one fire hose (long story, but it was an air leak in the heads)
- And finally, pulled out all the sole boards in the main cabin, sanded them down and painted on a beautiful coat of Varathane.
It was tremendous work by our Chief Mate Sarah and this eager crew. They worked hard, completed tasks well and were still cheerful at the end of the day. Kacie worked the first day even though it was her day off and Merilee stopped cooking long enough to slush the fore shrouds. Adventuress was in need of some love and she got it in these two days.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
By Megan Addison, Education & Outreach Coordinator
On Sunday, June 13th I had the pleasure of sailing with a group of educators from all over
Our first Teacher Sail in the 2010 sailing season started out with beautiful blue sky and sunshine. All the teachers were there on time if not early, and we were all on board by 9am. After a brief welcome and introduction circle, we got off the dock and used all the muscle on board to raise our four sails. While underway, the guest-educators had the opportunity to investigate Adventuress' various learning stations: a tour of below decks, looking at plankton under the microscope, and checking out the marine invertebrates in our onboard aquarium.
We took a break from the stations to enjoy some "lemony scone-type-things," or so our Galley Coordinator called them. While we were munching on our treats, the crew donned silly outfits and performed a hysterical skit. After, the educators finished their tour of our learning stations with watersheds and nautical skills.
Three hours of sunshine, great wind, and a fantastic group of educators and their families reminded me exactly why it is I want to remain a part of the Sound Experience family. The passionate educators this program attracts, the crew who never cease to amaze me in their creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility, and a boat that continues to bring people together are just three reasons I’ve stuck around.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
We're back up sailing in the beautiful San Juan Islands! This recent group was very interested in really learning how to sail, so we accommodated. We incorporated something from the "old" days of sailing. We calculated our speed using something other than a GPS. Here's what we did:
Our deck is 101 feet in length. A nautical mile is 6,076 feet. Rounding these two figures off (for ease of calculations) to 100 and 6,000 respectively allows for a very simple (and fun) way to approximate our speed. Mathmeticians will immediately see the formula which is 60 divided by the number of seconds it takes for an object in the water to travel from the bow to the stern of the ship. This simple formula results in our speed expressed in knots.
For those non-mathmeticians, here is how you get there...
x = the number of seconds it takes an object in the water to travel from the bow to the stern of the ship which is 1/60 of a nautical mile
y = x(60) = the number of seconds it takes that object to travel one nautical mile
y / 60 = the number of minutes it takes that object to travel one nautical mile
z = y / 3600 = the number of hours it takes that object to travel one nautical mile
To convert the number of hours to travel one nautical mile into knots (nautical miles per hour) take 1 divided by z.
The mathematical laws of cancellation when multiplying and dividing result in the very simple, final formula of 60 divided by x. So any time we see an object drifting towards the ship, we can easily approximate our speed by timing the object as it passes from bow to stern and divide that time into 60. So who needs a GPS to measure speed?
Students at the bow would signal students at the stern who were holding a stop watch when they saw something drifting by. As the object reached the bow, the lookouts would lower their arms signalling the ones at the stern to begin timing. When the object reached the stern, they would stop the watch and announce the length of time. We could then very quickly approximate our speed. Pretty cool.