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Just You and the Ocean

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
frost Photo Hi everyone! It’s nearly the end of the first phase of my 3/c summer training program. I was lucky enough to have a very unique experience by participating in the Academy’s summer ocean racing program. It has been by far one of the best experiences of my life and I have made so many memories.


The program is designed for both dinghy and offshore sailors at the Academy. It is a six week training period geared at racing 44 foot sailboats. Each year there is one long distance race that the program competes in, where you are sailing out in the ocean by yourselves with a safety officer and a coach on board. This year the team completed the Annapolis to Newport Race.


Here is an overview of my first experience ocean racing: In four days on a boat I don't think we could have seen any new type of weather. Sun, rain, hail, big breeze, no breeze...we had it all. All we were missing was the snow. So go figure, we made every single sail change possible. And of course, some things went more smoothly than others. There were so many cool experiences that we had on the trip. I said I wanted to see a whale, and just a few hours later a whale was jumping off our starboard beam. We saw lots of dolphins and a whole pod played in our wake for about a mile. We watched a shark attack a fish and saw a sea turtle, too. I think night sailing was the best though. Sunday night the sky was so clear that I could see the Milky Way better than I ever have.


There are no trees or city lights or anything to interfere with the sky out there. It's a real life planetarium, only way better. There were millions of bright stars and then itty bitty ones that looked like glitter. We also saw many shooting stars, something I had never seen before. It was an eventful four days. Though I was glad to be back on dry land afterwards, I had a blast. I can see how it wouldn't be everyone's favorite race (with the rain and all), but with nothing to compare it to I loved distance racing. Sailing out there away from land, makes you feel even more connected with the ocean. It's incredibly peaceful and natural, totally raw – just you and the ocean.


As always, feel free to ask me any questions at


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Looking Back on an Incredible Summer So Far

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo The first half of my 2/c summer has been beyond awesome. Supposedly the best stuff hasn’t even occurred yet, and as I sit here and pretend to care about my testing for Rules of the Road (the painful endeavor to pass a written test on ship navigation with a 90%) I look back on what has been an incredible experience so far.


It started, well, not quite like everyone else’s summer. Myself and thirty other guys headed down to Greenville, South Carolina to play in the Lacrosse National Tournament! We smoked Sam Houston State 19-8 in the first round, but lost to the eventual champions, St. Thomas, in the second. Despite the bittersweet feeling of losing our senior players and getting beaten pretty handily, we were proud to say we’ve gone further than the program ever has before, and we finally got our chance to go Division III! Starting in my 1/c year, CGA lacrosse will officially be a NCAA varsity sport here. I am beyond excited to be a part of the first class here to play NCAA lax.


I had to go come back to the Academy and arrived for the last day of 100th Week. We went to a place called Stone’s Ranch, which is a National Guard base nearby. We participated in three tough challenges that tested our strength, durability, and leadership skills. The experience was awesome, and by the end of that Friday afternoon, we were officially second class, civvies and all!


After that, the weeks have flown by. I did T-boats, which taught us shiphandling skills, range, where I qualified as a Marksman on the P229 Sig Sauer Pistol, and with a week at Sector Long Island Sound, doing vessel inspections and working the Command Center. I also had a week of leave, which was fantastic being back home and traveling up to Pennsylvania with the family.


Now, I finish this ROTR week, and then I’ll be rolling. Just prep week, cadre, coastal sail, and more leave time remain for me. I’m anxious to start as cadre, but I know my classmates and I are more than ready to take on the challenge. 2017…you better be ready, because we are.


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