Just another day at Mystic Seaport — boats moving all over the waterfront.
In this case, it’s our own Joseph Conrad, on her way back to her regular berth, joined by members of the Stonington High crew team, which uses our waterfront for practice and meets.
Does it matter who wins this race? Nope.
So what brought these two together this morning?
Well, school’s out in Stonington, but the crew team took advantage of the gorgeous morning for some on-water practice.
The Conrad was returning to her berth after spending the week at Chubb’s Wharf having her lower masts stepped in earlier this week. She’ll maintain just her lowers this season while other maintenance continues. However, she’s a bit more ‘dressed’ now than she was just last week.
All in all, just a typical day here at Mystic Seaport.
Nintendo, Xbox, iPods, Wii. Do children ever take a break from technology long enough to explore the great outdoors anymore?
Children who visit Mystic Seaport do. The Museum’s summer camp programs offer exciting adventures for 10 to 15-year-olds — all without the use of a television screen or blinking cursor.
Outside — yes. On the water — yes. In the water — maybe (just kidding). Don’t panic, parents. This is a safe and fun environment with seasoned, experienced sailors and educators in charge. Some, like Camp Director Hallie Payne, were once Mystic Seaport campers themselves and have returned as adults to ensure their fond memories become another generation’s fond memories, too.
During the six-day program, campers learn the fundamentals of sailing, seamanship and all things related to becoming comfortable and knowledgeable about boat handling. A fleet of Dyer Dhows provide the classroom for these young sailors.
Learning to sail on the historic Mystic River.
And coolest of all, campers get to sleep aboard the historic training ship, the Joseph Conrad. Outfitted with bunks, showers, flush toilets, heat and electricity, the vessel is now permanently moored along Mystic Seaport’s waterfront.
After campers spend time aboard the Conrad, they quickly learn that it really is possible to get along without cell phones, texting, computers and television and still have fun! (The aforementioned aren’t permitted.)
Climbing the rigging of the Joseph Conrad.
Sailing instructor Allie Ruel sees the transformation that takes place in the campers from their first day to their last day of camp. At first, it’s “Do I have to stay?” and by the end of the camp it’s “Do I have to leave?” Now, what better testimonial is there than that?
Available spots for the upcoming 2009 Joseph Conrad Overnight Summer Sailing Camp are filling up fast. Learn more online, or to register for any program, call Central Reservations at 860.572.5322.