Rainbows and Seagulls

Sonia FrojenAll, Bravo Team, Youth Programs

Bravo Team members were busy with more Townshend maintenance today in the Boat Shop.

We had a chance for a group activity for new team members to get to know each other.  Then we split into teams of two and headed to the boatshop to start work.  After we got our Personal Protective Equipment on, hands went to various tasks.  Two students got to do leather work with Emiliano of The Artful Sailor (https://www.theartfulsailor.com/) and author of The Sailmaker’s Apprentice.  Other students climbed inside Townshend to start oiling her thirsty wood.  Another group started sanding the lapstrake hull to scuff the shiny paint.  Another group worked on prepping the green sole boards (all taken out of the boat for a thorough cleaning and oiling).

The weather was beautiful and we had snack and moment of silence out near the NWMC beach with company from a couple of seagulls.  A rainbow hung nearby as we appreciated the fresh breeze, had some quiet thoughtful time, and heard our journalist share the quote: “Calm seas never made a good sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

At the end of the day we reflected on what we learned today and what we’re looking forward to learning next week.  Many people were excited about getting to take care of Townshend by scuffing the shine through sanding, others were happy to learn leather work and to finish the oars next week.

We appreciate you following our progress!