The Ship's Log

May 1: A Voyage Not For the Faint of Heart

Logged on Friday May 1, 2015

photo35The Roseway pennant wavered gently from the topmast under the bright clear sky of a frosty April morning. She moved almost silently through the glassy harbor bound for Rowes Wharf. A handful of groggy bystanders, barely awake at 7am on Sunday morning, stood squinting into the sunlight.  Roseway effortlessly slipped alongside her dock, almost as if there were no stories to be told of the previous six days. She looked peaceful and rested, almost as if she hadn’t just weathered 50-knot squalls and water spouts. Her crew looked cheery and warm, almost as if they hadn’t just been working for a week in 20-degree wind and sleeping at a 50-dgree angle.

One of the Mates reported that it had been a “spirited sail.” When asked of a crew member: “Where you scared?” The answer came with calm contemplation: “Roseway leaves nothing to fear.”  When asked of the Captain: “How did the crew handle the conditions?” The answer came with forceful certainty: “They were remarkable and absolutely stellar.”

Despite the challenging and long crossing from Bermuda, the guest crew was resilient, stoic, and un-complaining. This was no cruise for these sailors, ranging in age from 12 to 70. Alongside Roseway‘s crew, they worked hard, smiling through all their layers, many managing to find inspiration in the face of adversity.

As Roseway secured her lines at the dock, warm coffee and muffins filled their bellies, and everyone began to reflect on a truly epic adventure. These are not the things one forgets, nor are they the wanderings of the faint at heart.

Cheers to a voyage well fought and won. Welcome Home!

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March 28: A Wonderful Week with St. Thomas Schools

Logged on Saturday March 28, 2015

image1 copyThis past week, the Roseway crew had the opportunity to work with 150 St Thomas students from grades 4-8.  With the generous support of Sub Base Dry Dock and Yacht Haven Grande, the students learned about the principle of lift, navigation, important knots, and saw the island from a different perspective out on the bowsprit. Students were also exposed to the variety of maritime career opportunities that are right in their backyard in the harbor. Roseway and her crew will head back to St. Croix for one more week of educational programming before the transit south to her summer home, Boston. 

March 21: Saying Farewell to Oakwood School

Logged on Saturday March 21, 2015


We started the day eating breakfast cakes crafted by the babes of breakfast. After seconds, thirds, and fourths, we began swimming and back flipping. Jordan (Judas) braved his first ever backflip.   This event was followed by the completion of fellow first time flippers: Wyatt, Matteo, India and and Frany. Unfortunately, this excluded Henry (young ice berg) who failed all seven fearful attempts (though his effort and attitude remained highly commendable). We then raised the sails by the tempo of our shantyman Cavo and students took over the navigation of our journey towards Lindenberg Bay. A watch took us exactly where we needed to go though some of the other watches did question the course order that was decided on when it was our turn to navigate. Lunch came along where Horace, the horse eyed jack fish (that Capt Pao caught yesterday while raising anchor) swam in the stew. After a day of sailing we arrived at our destination, Lindenberg Bay, where students engaged in a legendary competition known as the Deckhand Olympics.  A watch came out on top, victorious once again, after a very close battle of knot tying, coiling and critical pin identification. To Alison’s disappointment, C watch lost, though they did put up a good fight and were clearly the most well versed in coiling.  A watch broke the fierce tie in the final event-a question regarding navigation.  We then had a dinner of epic proportions consisting of big juicy pork and potatoes. After dinner we finished our chores and watched David and Angeline lay out ice cream and toppings of all different sorts after a wonderful closing ceremony. At the end of our trip we are happy to leave with what we have accomplished and learned, and sad to see the Roseway and her crew  go, hoping one day again to see her baggy sails, runnin’ for the gales, headed down to old St. Croix.


March 17: Underway St. Paddy’s Day!

Logged on Thursday March 19, 2015

FullSizeRenderMarch 17th- A WATCH: Fran, Indiana, Heinrick, Joaquim, Judas, Brent, Annie

We started the top of the morning with a quaint breakfast from Danni the magician of meals, the sorcerer of supper, and PUT THAT MEAL TO REST. The breakfast consisted of berries, presumably fresh from the garden, and a blueberry scone that the galley insisted was coffee cake. After breakfast, we did our chores while we motored to the Baths located on Virgin Gorda (pronounced vuh-gin goa-duh) .  We stormed the beach at the Baths in dinghies, and swam toward the shore where we grouped up and made a count. We then frolicked down the beach and squeezed passed large boulders. We explored Devil’s Bay, a sanctuary of beauty, and swam around until we later swam back to the dinghies, which taxied us back to Roseway. Back on the boat we measured latitude via sextant with the wise master of the sea, Captain Pao, the man, the beard, the legend. Next, we consumed lunch, today it would be chili. Delicious.  We then sailed at screaming speeds of 2 knots while climbing the rig.   Everyone then enjoyed a delicious dinner of stew accompanied by Heinrick and Judas’ Irish Soda bread which they made in the galley earlier that day. It truly was a St Patrick’s worthy of any Irishman.  We also climbed the rig into the sunset before putting the drop on that anchor. G’night ol’ sports.

March 18: Celestial Nav and Climbing Aloft

Logged on Wednesday March 18, 2015

Destinations throughout the BVI, exploration, standing watches, celestial navigation, climbing aloft–that’s what we’ve been up to!


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March 14: Welcome Aboard Oakwood School

Logged on Sunday March 15, 2015

Oakwood GroupA WATCH Franny, Jordan, India, Joaquin, Henry

We took off 10:30pm from LAX.  We are 15 students with two teacher chaperones.  We tried to sleep on the plane to Dulles, although it didn’t work out too well.  We landed at 3am our time, and stayed in the airport until 7:30 their time, an hour and a half.  We then landed in Saint Thomas at 12:00 or so, and took a cab to the dock where we met the Roseway. The weather was very humid in comparison to Los Angeles, and we were all in heavy clothing.  Alec casted the dock lines as we pulled out of Yacht Haven Grande. We hoisted 2 tons of sails as a crew, and it hurt. Then we began our first 3 hour voyage, and many people got mildly seasick.  We did a MOB drill towards the end of our sail.  We reviewed the knots that we used on board, and A watch is in good standing to win the deck hands Olympics.  It was a very special day for the captain, it marked his 35th birthday. We celebrated with a delicious cake after a delicious dinner.  Now everyone is super tired, and very happy to not be on anchor watch! Tomorrow should be a great day, headed to the bubbly pools.

March 12: Time to Say Goodbye

Logged on Thursday March 12, 2015

group copyC Watch: Alison, Cavo, Claude, Jason, Jack, Stephi, Mirina (and guest Indy)

The trip is coming to a beautiful end as we are about to leave the boat tomorrow. The refreshing voice of John’s guitar woke us up. The day started with a delicious breakfast consisting of sausage, and biscuits with cheese, eggs, and gravy. A truly turbulent day it was. The waves were high and wind was strong: we struggled as the crew and students tackled the violent ocean. The jib finally broke in the wind after we lowered it once to reduce sail area, thus reducing heeling. The speed before we struck the jib estimates ten knots, which, for a vessel like Roseway, was very fast indeed. We arrived at St. John after the longest six hours of sailing ever – that was after luckily capturing a mutton snapper. The boat safely arrived and anchored in Rendezvous bay. The crew and students hopped off the boat to enjoy a nice, salty shower, followed by climbing the rigging,, accompanied by a double rainbow. The exhausting day finally ended with a tasty sit-down dinner. We felt truly grateful for this experience, supported by the crew, the KUA students, the Gifft Hill students, and most importantly, the Roseway. Feeling sorry to leave :)

March 11: Turtle Lessons

Logged on Wednesday March 11, 2015

image67B Watch Max, Zi, Cole, Stephanie, Sydney, Michael.

We woke up in Fredericksted and ate breakfast at 8:30 (pancakes and sausage).  After the chores we got our snorkel equipment together and got in the dinghys to the pier and were there for an hour. Some of us saw barracudas and sea turtles. We were small boated by Alison and Emily back to the Roseway where we had broccoli soup and bread for lunch. From there we headed back out for another expedition. We arrived at the dock and then got into a taxi that brought us to Cane Bay where Kemit enlightened us about coral reefs and all the harmful effects that humans have brought upon them. We learned about the coral nurseries and how they are trying to re-grow the coral. After a hard swim out to the buoys where the coral nurseries are located, some of us saw turtles.  We came back to the beach enjoyed some fruit punch and frozen coconut drinks courtesy to Dr. Laurie. We chilled on the beach for the rest of the afternoon and then were taxied back to the dock where Eric and Alison picked us up with the small boats.  We then ate dinner which was stir-fry, chicken and rice and then we all did our evening chores. GHS students are excited to sail back to St. John tomorrow.



March 10: Bioluminescence and Back to Sea

Logged on Tuesday March 10, 2015

bowsprit_edited-1C watch: Claude, Jack, Marina, Stephanie and Jason

Last night, March 8th, we went to the bioluminescence bay on Vieques. It is a bio bay of living organisms that creates light when you disturb the water. We were in clear bottom kayaks. Kayaking in the bay, which is enclosed by mountains, was awesome. The tour guides also showed us the constellations in the sky. We came back to Roseway late, so the crew gave us the night off from anchor watch. (thank you Roseway crew). This morning we pulled up the anchor at 6:30am, raised the sails and departed for St. Croix. The waves were high and the boat was rocky, but we managed to tackle it. Today we did seamanship. We went on the bowsprit, further explored navigation and continued with knot tying. We also stood on active watch, steered the boat and did boat checks. After 12 hours of sailing, we arrived on the west end of St. Croix and are anchored off Fredericksted. It was a day of excitement and exhaustion indeed!

March 8: Kimball Union Academy and Gifft Hill School Head to Sea

Logged on Sunday March 8, 2015

image1 copyB watch: Jessie, Michael, Stephanie, Max, Cole, Zi, John and Sydney

We had our first anchor watch early this morning. We woke today on anchor between St. Thomas and little St. James. Students from both KUA and GHS read aloud their continuation story then developed that night. We then ate a breakfast of French toast, bacon and fruit at 8:30am. After breakfast, we quickly did our chores then proceeded to raise our sails. While on course to Vieques, we had class rotations which consisted of active watch, seamanship and a history lesson about the Caribbean. During our history lesson with Mr. D we spotted two Dolphins! After eating popcorn and relaxing in the sun we anchored near the city of Esperanza, Vieques. We jumped in the ocean to bathe, playing ball, and having fun. B watch set out plates, utensils and a great meal. We are excited for the upcoming bio bay tour tomorrow night and also exploring the waters of Vieques.