The TABOR BOY crew has been receiving important training in preparation for the Marion to Bermuda Race in June.
On April 10, we welcomed Life Raft and Survival Equipment (LRSE) to campus to sharea presentation about personal safety gear for the students. The group showed examples of the gear in use and made recommendations, allowing them to try on the gear and receive special pricing. Students are required to purchase several personal gear items as part of their preparation for sailing in the race.
The following week, on April 17, representatives from the Beverly Yacht Club (BYC) and Marion Bermuda Race veterans visited with students in the Nautical Science classroom. Their presentation was oriented toward describing what to expect when sailing offshore. This included a range of topics such as recommended clothing, the importance of staying warm, dry and hydrated, sea-sickness medications, standing watch and eating and sleeping while off watch. They also explained areas where navigational caution and vigilance are needed to avoid the extensive and dangerous reefs around Bermuda.
TABOR BOY has entered the “Celestial Navigation Class,” meaning that the crew will not be taking advantage of electronics to determine the vessel’s position. Nine of the current students and TABOR BOY alumni who are crewing have completed Tabor’s “CELNAV” course and will be tasked with navigating TABOR BOY to Bermuda using sextant observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. The schooner will also qualify for the “Youth Division” with more than sixty percent of the crew being under 23 years of age.
Most recently, the student crew met with a Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructor(who is also one of three hired mates who will be aboard for the race). She brought a trailer-mounted damage control “wet trainer” (pictured above) to the Hoyt waterfront to work with the TABOR BOY crew on various ways to control and stop flooding in the event of an emergency.
They have also received some firefighting training from the Marion Fire Department. On May 11, they were invited to participate with BYC members in distress flare training at Silvershell Beach. In-water personal survival training at either the Hoyt waterfront or off TABOR BOY is scheduled for May 24 when the water will be warmer.
This is a big event for our students, and their safety and knowledge of what to do in an emergency is our primary concern. While our crew trains regularly for man overboard situations and other general safety lessons at sea, this is the first time the students will be racing and, for many, it will be their first time off-shore. The Marion Bermuda Race wisely has many sound requirements for crew training, which we are following to the letter. After all, thorough preparation is what we teach at Tabor. We know the right preparation is critical for success in any endeavor, and, in this particular case, the lessons learned in preparation are more important than the outcome of the race. It is all in the journey, as they say, and we are planning for it to be a safe and successful one. Just one more lesson the TABOR BOY has for her crew!
Tabor Boy will host an Open Ship for Tabor alumni, parents, and friends in the area, and any new families interested in Tabor. Please join us in Bermuda on June 23 for the festivities starting at 5:30 PM.
We will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. during our Saturday School Day with an Emmy award-winning television producer, public speaker, and peace advocate, followed by small group discussions.
Please join John Quirk, Head of School and hosts Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pokoik '63 GP '23 for a cruising reception aboard the Marina Jack II 2 Marina Plaza Sarasota 2:00pm. - 4:00pm (boarding promptly at 1:45pm)
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