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East Coast Expedition nautical miles sailed: 303.9

Sunset and the Boston skyline

Saturday evening was the third port stop event in this summer’s East Coast Expedition. Our final event with Epilepsy Foundation New England was certainly the most well attended, with over 100 people joining us for a sunset cruise in Boston Harbor aboard the Mass Bay Lines Music City Queen. This 100+ foot vessel is an ornamental sternwheeler named after the city that sits along the banks of the Cumberland River (Nashville).

Finding the Big Dipper and learning why the North Star doesn’t move.

After boarding at Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston, area epilepsy warriors and their families, medical professionals, and scientists explored the boat, had some light refreshments, and had the opportunity to meet Phil. Soon after departure our activities area was opened and guests could circulate between learning to tie knots, learning about stars and navigation, helping to make a flag that will be flown in future voyages, or signing up for the One More Step Challenge and become Virtual Shipmates. On the second and third decks of the boat, people enjoyed the beautiful evening weather and the sights of Boston Harbor as the boat traveled towards Charlestown, where the historic Constitution is docked. Activities finished up as the sun was setting and everyone secured a spot to watch the sun sink below the horizon, punctuated by the cannons of the Constitution firing.

The Music City Queen then turned back towards the dock at a leisurely pace and guests continued to enjoy each other’s company, as well as the sight of the Boston skyline in twilight. We hope that some of you were able to catch a glimpse of the big dipper and find the north star as the skies darkened!

The evening finished up with closing remarks from Phil and Susan Linn, CEO and President of Epilepsy Foundation New England. We applaud all those who took the One More Step Challenge and are proud to announce that we now have over 200 Virtual Shipmates sailing the oceans of the world with Sail For Epilepsy! Avery is going to be a great friend at school every day. Evelyn is going to keep taking her new pills. Liz is going to get her first job this year. John is going to go for an hour walk four times per week.

Thanks to our hosts at Mass Bay Lines for this spectacular evening, as well as Epilepsy Foundation New England for partnering with us for our first three port stops in the East Coast Expedition. We’re looking forward to the events this Saturday, September 11th, in Philadelphia at the Independence Seaport Museum. Join us!

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