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Sailing Through Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Wright Photo Hi, everyone! So I know I haven't written in a while but I'll blame it on the amazing and crazy busy summer I have been having. I went on Eagle for two weeks and then came back and did Summer Ocean Racing (SOR) for the next five, which was an awesome experience. There were nine cadets and three coaches on the team. We sailed our J44 Glory in a number of races around New England; including the Newport to Annapolis race, New York Yacht Club Annual, and Block Island Race Week. Anyway, I am just going to give a quick list of the many things I learned/did during SOR.

 

1. Sailing is fun but overnight racing in the Ocean is amazing.

 

2. Changing sails at 2 a.m. is routine.

 

3. Clothes never completely dry out.

 

4. Falling asleep to dolphins squealing is really cool.

 

5. How to cook chili when the sailboat is heeled 20 degrees, as well as through a tack.

 

6. Everyone becomes one great, big family.

 

7. Hot chocolate tastes best late at night on watch.

 

8. That I get paid to do awesome stuff.

 

9. 16 knots is almost planing speed.

 

10. Diesel in the bilge will not clean itself.

 

11. Diesel and tropical-scented Dawn soap is a very interesting combination.

 

12. Sunsets/rises on the ocean is one of the most beautiful sights ever.

 

13. Clean sheets and a stationary bed is another of the most beautiful sights ever.

 

10. Hard work pays off!

 

Summer Ocean Racing isn't for everyone, but I had an amazing experience and can't wait to do it again next year!


More about Erin.

 

Summer at Home

(Academics, Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo One of the most coveted things while attending the Academy is to go home. The Academy, and its summers, can be very strenuous (but still fun) and often cadets do not have the chance to go home very much. Being from Montana, I get to go home only twice a year: during Christmas and summer leave periods, so I cherish every moment.

 

After spending the summer in Alaska, which was a lot cooler than I thought, it was nice to come home. Montana is more of a desert climate, so it can get above 100 degrees in the summer, yet down to the -40s in the winter. It has been a hot summer here, so as soon as I got home, I was able to spend time on the lake with my family. I also took a camping trip to Glacier National Park with my family, and of course have had the opportunity to see and hang out with all of my friends from home.

 

Although being home is nice, being at the Academy causes cadets to change and mature in a lot of ways because they are away from the comforts and securities that family can offer. Being at home is pretty eye-opening because it can show just how far you have come and how much you have matured compared to the “traditional” college student. The Academy simply gives you opportunities and experiences that other schools cannot, and makes you step out of your comfort zone quite often. So, although being home is enjoyable, I actually can’t wait to go back to school, see my friends, start the rugby season, and start my final year of school.

 

This fall is going to be busy. I’m taking some pretty difficult classes (organic chemistry, biochemistry…do I need say more?) and I am captain of the rugby team so I will have a lot on my plate. Even though it looks like it might be a tough semester, I’m still excited to go back to see all my friends because, at the Academy, friends are family and everyone creates a huge support network to help each other out. I think that is one of the biggest silver linings here – the lifelong friendships that you build. There really is nothing like it.

 

More about Jade.