New Friends and a Rusty Barge 

Imagine flying into Key West and being driven down a long dirt road with hundreds of boats in various states of repair (or disrepair).  You then climb a gangway to a rusty construction barge that has long since ceased to be operational.  There, you find the schooner Harvey Gamage tied alongside.  Despite the rustic dockage, we were lucky to have this space as the island recovers from the devastation of the recent hurricane.  This was the scene that our new students saw when arriving to the ship.

Danise and Hannah, who are both sailing instructors with Rocking the Boat, joined as students for the last month of our program.  We are excited to have them on board and to share in their experience working on the water.  Earlier this fall, our students and crew spent time in the Bronx with Rocking the Boat.  They took us sailing on small boats, and we took their students sailing on our Tall Ship.  We feel fortunate to continue this relationship between our organizations.

The rusty barge turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  Crew and students set up guitars, bongos, a cello and a keyboard for a barge-side jam.  Soaring melodies and percussive rhythms welcomed the night and our new students.  This was a grand introduction to life aboard the Harvey Gamage.