Thursday, January 24, 2013

Captain's Blog 1/24/13

The weather this morning is excellent - clear skies with slight seas, a gentle easterly breeze and 60 degrees. We're steaming at a pretty good clip - the engines working "17 nozzles", giving us nearly 18 knots. This engineering terminology refers to the delivery methods to steam on the turbine. We need the high speed of advance in order to make it to San Juan on schedule.

Every year the Sea Term Council - a committee of faculty, staff and cadets - meets to determine the itinerary of the upcoming sea term. Whenever we head towards the Caribbean, San Juan is always considered. One, the island is quite beautiful and offers great beaches and tropical rainforest excursions. Secondly, it offers a vibrant city in Old San Juan that is geared toward tourism - great restaurants, shops, historic sites, and English speaking residents.

I sincerely hope that the small number of parents and friends that have been impacted by the port change understand the situation. For those that can change travel plans, I am sure that San Juan will not disappoint you.

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