The 1812 American Privateer Schooner Lynx departed the Newport Sea Base for the big island of Hawaii at 1030 hours, 16 June 2004. On this voyage, the Lynx was manned by her professional crew in addition to five high school student crew members. This voyage represents the third annual Cruise of Opportunity to the Hawaiian Islands by the Lynx with student crew aboard. This year’s student crew were:
Alex Heiney, Laguna Beach, CA
Helen Braswell, Longmont, CO
Jorge Alvarez, Costa Mesa, CA
Karafaye Buffa, Huntington Beach, CA
McKenzie Lewis, Happy Valley, OR
This was not a cruise ship voyage for the students. They were working crew members and as such shared all the responsibilities of the professional crew. Under the watchful eye of the captain and crew of the Lynx, the students learned helmsmanship, navigation, emergency procedures, tall-ship maintenance, watch standing, and most importantly, how to work as a cohesive, responsible team.
While on board the Lynx, each student kept a journal to record their daily experiences. After undergoing a creative writing workshop, each student was required to write a polished journal entry about a specific aspect of their time at sea.