DATE 2/10 FRIDAY
TIME 0700 LT (ZD +4), 1100 GMT
S 14 K
DEPTH 434 METERS
WIND E FORCE 2
30 NM WEST OF MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO
Last night the Seventh Annual "Mayhem in Mayaquez" was conducted on the Helo
Deck. It occurred after sunset, so the venue looked really cool - the bright
blue and yellow jousting matt, surrounded by comfortable seats from the
Seatorium, all illuminated from above by the bright mercury vapor lamps. The
event continued to raise money for the Wooded Warriors Foundation - to which we
are proud to announce has exceeded $5,000. Incredible!
The jousting completions were great deal of fun for both contestants and the
audience. The evening started off with the Super Heavyweight class when Tim
"Baby Huey" Lawler of Newburyport bested Kelly "Cream Cheese" of Melbourne, Fl.
Then Jarred "No Smile" Roark of Plymouth lost to Terry "Terrific" Cavicchi of
Middleboro. In the final round "Terrific" prevailed over "Baby Huey". One
bout in the "Blonde versus Brunette" match was Tenley "The Freak" Gillett of
Bedford, NH defeating Janelle "Too-Shay" Piche of Coventry, RI. A handicap
match - a truly one-sided card - saw P. J. "Big Pete" Campbell fall to the
under-rated John "Flaming Red" Deboer - our SGA President from the mean street
of Bourne. Two welter-weight matches set the stage for a final round - Patrick
"Big Daddy J" Morrissey of Quincy took down Bill "Lil Bill" Doucette of nasty
streets of Manchester-by-the-Sea before being bested by John "Diesel" Dee of
Plymouth, who previously was victorious over "Mean Jean", "the Haitian
Creation" Roodelin Jean of Port of Prince, Haiti.
The heavy-weight match saw some thunderous crashes to the matt when Pat "The
Sloth" Owens of Mansfield tipped Michael "Grandpa" Cotter of Methuen. The
"Trench War" Match saw Rob "The Bird" Gratzer, at 250 pounds pummel Kevin "The
Bird" Griffin of Auburn, an equal weight match. One of the most anticipated
match was billed as "License versus Non-License Match" when our Cadet Chief
Mate Ben "Little School Boy" Wilbur of Sharon, CT facing off against Jack
"Brickhouse" Gomes of New Bedford. The "Brickhouse" took the decision - and it
stretched to seven rounds - before a cheering crowd of partisan fans.
The Main Event lived up to its premier billing - the returning Champion, Thomas
"The Truth" Dindy of Marshfield - who at weighed in was doing backflips- faced
Nathan "The Sure Thing" Sherr of South Lynnfield. This was a match for the
ages - running to eight long rounds - although the decision eventually came out
in "The Sure Things" favor. But these two incredible athletes were clearly
exhausted after the match. For the fans, this was the Olympics of the jousting
aboard - great balance, jumps and ducks, and hard hitting. Everyone had a great
time, and the main event was icing on the cake!
Today we are running man-overboard drills - not just the turns associated with
that action - but the engine speeds also. This allows our first class deck
students to practice what is taught in the classroom, and the engineering
cadets get "more throttle time" as the engine speeds are changed.
More tomorrow when we get to St. Thomas...