Troop 82 - Wall, NJ
This is the 4th time Troop 82 has sailed aboard Ciganka. On this trip we had our 3 time veterans Craig, Kathy, and Nick! The rest of the crew was new and had only heard about the amazing high adventure sailing trip aboard Ciganka. Everyone was ready to make it the best week possible! Luckily we took advantage of the wind we had at the beginning of the week so the crew did learn how to get Ciganka sailing with all four sails. We came and from anchor entirely with the power of the wind in the sails. They did great! We had some very calm days that allowed us to do some of the best snorkeling they had ever seen. On Sandy Cay reef we saw turtles, a 6 ft. jack, sting rays, monster snappers, a small shark, and to top it off we saw 14 8 ft. eagle rays swimming in a pack!! On Fowle Cay 4 of the Scouts had a turtle hang around and play with them for about 10 minutes! Never heard of that before. We were hoping for wind on the last day to get another fun sail in but the weather decided differently so we opted for another snorkel on Fowle Cay. Itís all good! This Troop, with the generous help of Dr. Ziegler, donated and AED for Ciganka 3 years ago. This year they donated replacement pads and batteries. Your kindness is appreciated more than we can say! We can only hope that in the near future Troop 82 will sail on Ciganka for a 5th time! Love you all!
Easter morning started out with jelly beans and learning to get Ciganka under full sail. Captain Thomas is explaining to Kevin how to steer the ship.
Let the fun begin!
Matt and his Dad practicing the clove hitch
Our 3rd time veteran, Craig, looks right at home!
Feels so so so darn good to have you back on board again!
Hunter can eat a pop tart and stear Ciganka at the same time. Imagine that?
Getting ready for their first snorkel. Are you ready Bobby?
Captain Thomas explaining how to clear your mask
Zack are you listening??
Hold your mask as you jump!
Ben is ready to go find some cool shells
Tilloo Beach at low tide
Off they go
How ya doin' Aldo?
Bob snorkeling in the Bahamas with his two sons...priceless!
Nick and his Mom looking at the fish card trying to figure out what fish they saw while snorkeling
Nick, our "Squirrel Man" getting the main sail ready to hoist
Spannker Crew ready to hoist sail
Spannker Crew pulling on the halyard lines to get the sail up
Sweating off the spannker throat halyard
Main sail crew ready to hoist sail
Up with the main sail
Main sail throat halyard crew
Sweating off the main sail throat halyard. Tough stuff!
Pat and Kevin hoisting the main sail peak halyard
Great great job!
Captain Thomas showing Pat how to make off this halyard on the pin rail
Pat doing a nice neat job on coiling his line. Hi Kenny!
"Point Man" Ben ready to help hoist the staysail
Bob, James, and Zack ready to get the staysail up
Spannker Crew backwind to starboard
Get out there Zack!
Next sail to go up is the jib
Hunter always took care of coiling our gasket lines. Thanks!!
Alec and Ryan hoisting the jib halyard. Get er up!
Sweating off the jib halyard. It is not as easy as it sounds. You guys did great!
Kenny pulling in the jib sheet. Don't strain yourself too much!
Hanging out with my buddies on the bow sprit with Ciganka under full sail. Life is good!
Ben are you going to be fishing or catching?
Hunter looks like he knows what he is doing
Putting up the sun tarp after sail. This crew has had enough sun for today!
Off to do the drift dive at Iron Cay
They're back. They had a blast!
The day is not over yet. We head over to Pelican Cay to enjoy this amazing beach at low tide.
Don't tell anybody but we got Ciganka in a little too close and ran aground.
Hey beautiful Kathy - have fun!
Getting ready for a frisbee game
What a day!
Somebody is going to go flying in the air
A typical morning aboard Ciganka
Kenny is quiet.....
Time to get up...
Getting ready for the Sandy Cay Reef dive
On this snorkel you jump from Ciganka while the boat moving slowly and then swim to the reef.
These are our 3 time veterans aboard Ciganka! We love you guys!!
Nick found 2 conchs while diving the Iron Cay dive. Captain Thomas is showing the crew how to clean them.
This is the conch meat. After the Captain finished cleaning, the crew got to eat the fesh raw conch meat. They absolutely loved it. They ended up eating an entire conch raw!
Such a good fun crew! Thanks!!
Off to enjoy HopeTown for the afternoon
The water really is this clear and blue!
Off for an incredible snorkel on Fowle Cay
You'll have yo ask Nick, Pat, Zack, and Ryan about playing with a turtle on the reef for about 10 minutes!
What can you say??
What a GREAT crew!!
Penny Turtle is a turtle in the "wild" in Man-O-War Harbour.
She has become one of the "pets" at Albury's Sail Shop because they feed her conch meat.
She will actually come when called
She will let you pet her and even touch her flippers
Earlier in the week Nick got 2 conch. So we cut the meat up in strips and brought it to feed Penny Turtle.
What an amazing experience that was for all of us!
While we all took turns feeding her...
The others watched and enjoyed!
Kathy really likes turtles so we're all glad she got to get this close to feed and pet Penny!
The day ended with Ultimate Frisbee on Man-O-War beach!
Pirate Hunter at the helm!
Zack did some good guitar strumming!
Evening time was chilled down with cards, Apples to Apples, and lots of laughs....I mean lots of laughs!
Nick did such a stellar job as our "Squirrel Man"! Captain is very selective in who he picks for that position and Nick kept on top of everything!!
Bob got to spend this adventurous week with his two sons!
Kevin are you sleeping?
Kenny and Kevin our "Lifeline and Ladder Crew". A thankless job but WE thank you!
What a pair! We'd like to make them a reality TV show.
Ben did a super job as "Point Man". Just wish we got more sailing in this week!
Thank you Aldo and Matt! It was wonderful to have both of you on board!
We leaned on "Crew Chief" Nick a lot this week. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and making it happen in a big way!
Love this picture and we LOVE you both!
Our Veterans - Our Friends!
Congratulations to Nick and Hunter our "Conch Award of Excellent" recipients! Well deserved!
We are very proud of you!
Troop 82 - Wall, NJ