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Day 5 Graduation Day and Parent Sail – Friday August 3

Posted by astaheather on August 9, 2007

Today, instead of seeing only the crew as I boarded the Providence, I was welcomed by the 6 students that stayed on board for the evening. I actually first saw the students when I was driving over the Newport Bridge as they were motoring to the dock. I liked hearing their stories about the overnights. They had to stand two watches and several people snored. In the morning, they all had to take part in bringing in the anchor, one student stayed on the windlass the whole time!

When the rest of the students came onboard, we broke into watches for the ritual end of the program, the pin chase. It was fun watching the cadets scrambling to find the correct lines after the name was yelled out, ah the bickering. They all did well but nobody could find the waterline, we didn’t count that against them we only asked for our own amusement.

When the parents came onboard that is when the students shined. They were great, I hardly had to lift a finger. I am really glad that we had great sailing and the students enjoyed their time onboard. Many of them had signed up for the second week and those that didn’t were asking to take part because they had so much fun.

I’ll be back onboard tomorrow (Aug. 7)  for the second week and I am really excited to see the kids from last week and to meet the new cadets. It will be great fun as always.

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