Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Captain's Blog 2/5/13

We set sail from Montego Bay this morning under perfect conditions. We did not have a tug so we were reliant upon our engine and bow thruster only. The pilot gently worked against the forward spring line, and as the stern lifted off the dock we thrusted the bow to port. It took about 20 minutes but it was textbook shiphandling. Very nice experience.

We had two cadets depart from this port - both for medical reasons. It is sad to see them leave, they have invested a lot of money and time into the sea term, but unfortunately in both cases the division rotation has not allowed them to complete all their training elements, so they do not get academic credit for the voyage.

But Montego Bay was a pleasant surprise from nearly all facets of a port visit. The cadets went ashore to blow off some stream, and they had many different locations to do so. The SGA sponsored port tours were very successful. The cadets that went on the horseback and beach swim explained to us that is wasn't just riding on the beach, and getting off to swim. No, this actually included the horses swimming with the riders in the saddle. And the zip line tour in the mountains was not for those folks with heart conditions! So, all in all, a few twisted ankles and some sunburn, but we're mostly intact. We've eight days to work hard at training and maintenance before were arrive in Aruba.

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