Our first trip of the season is a big one, a five-day trip with a full boat of 38 people; these students are from Riverdale high school, just outside of Portland, Oregon.
Every trip with a group of students is similar, they are loud, stomp around, drink a lot of soda and hot chocolate, eat a lot of food and appear to have a lot of fun. The first night is always really loud, as they get ready for bed they slam the door to the head and their cabins, talk loudly in the companion way and occasionally think my cabin is the head. You’d think if you thought a door was to the head you’d knock before opening it, but I guess not.
We try to keep the students occupied, if the weather is good it’s mostly with sailing maneuvers and time ashore. Otherwise we have a boat building challenge, knot classes, play with small boats and a little robot with a camera to view the bottom of where we are anchored.
These students were a little different than groups I have encountered in the past. They didn’t eat like ravenous wolves and they were so engrossed in games of cribbage they didn’t bring their empty plates back to the galley in a timely fashion.
Before our next trip Zodiac will be hauled out and then she’ll really be ready for her summer sailing season.
Breakfast: Frittata with broccoli, ham and cheddar cheese, sunflower oatmeal bread and biscuits
Lunch: Pad Thai with shrimp and tofu, cucumber salad with sesame oil dressing
Snack: Chips and Salsa
Dinner: Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and lemon green beans
Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberry cream cheese muffins and yoghurt with granola
Lunch: White BBQ chicken sandwich with baked beans and coleslaw
Dinner: Kalua roasted pork with luau pineapple rice and roasted sweet potatoes with lime
Dessert: Samoa brownie
Breakfast: Mallorcas stuffed with bacon, fried egg and cheese
Lunch: Spinach artichoke mac and cheese with a green salad and golden goddess dressing
Dinner: Texas chili with cornbread and honey butter
Dessert: Banana split cupcake with a cherry on top
Breakfast: Orange French toast with sausage and fruit
Lunch: Sauerkraut braised bratwurst with salt and vinegar potatoes and German green beans
Dinner: Chicken Tikka Masala with rice, coconut peas and cucumber raita
Breakfast: Breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs and chorizo potato hash
Lunch: Cream of broccoli soup with cheddar grilled cheese and potato chips
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