The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Sailing Ships Maine share a common commitment to empowering youth by fostering their leadership abilities and self confidence through hands-on training in seagoing skills.
Cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Group Portland Division and NCB39 BN came aboard for a training sail that happened to coincide with the passing of the remnants of Hurricane Dorian offshore. To ensure a safe journey, Captain Bailey delayed the departure until Saturday morning. Nonetheless, the sail down east to South Harpswell found several cadets experiencing seasickness for the first time.
The anchorage provided a peaceful evening for experiencing night watches, however, as well as for practicing fire and man overboard drills and navigational training. Cadets, ranging from ages 13 to 17, worked at their seagoing skills by setting and striking sails, dropping and raising anchor, and less glamorous chores, such as swabbing the deck, cleaning the head, and serving on KP duty.
The cadets impressed the Harvey Gamage crew with their hard work and eagerness to follow instruction. They were an amazing youth group and Sailing Ships Maine looks forward to their return!