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3/c Summer: Station Cape Disappointment and a Voyage on Eagle

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2019) Permanent link   All Posts
Friedman Photo One of the best things about being a cadet is getting to go out into the fleet during the summer. Growing up in Connecticut, I had never been to the West Coast, so for the first half of my summer I decided to explore and got to go to Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington. I know, the name makes it sound awful but it is an exciting surf station. I went there with one other 3/c and together we got to integrate with the crew, learn a lot from them, and go out on some awesome training.

 

One training evolution we got to go on was helicopter operations; this is where you are on a small boat that the helicopter lowers the basket and litter to. Looking up and seeing a helicopter hovering 30 feet above me was something I will never forget.

 

After spending five weeks training at Station Cape D, it was back to the Academy to meet up with half of 2019 and get ready to head to Europe and get on Eagle. We boarded Eagle in London and set sail for Madeira. In Madeira, I was able to go tobogganing with my friends and explore the island; it was my favorite port call of the entire voyage. After our seemingly short stop in Madeira, Eagle set sail on the 17-day transatlantic voyage to Bermuda.

 

To navigate to Bermuda, the Class of 2019 had to rely on celestial navigation. Every night members of our class were on the fantail shooting stars with sextants in order to get a fix and determine Eagle’s location. We were not great at first, we put ourselves 180 NM off our ordered course, but we were able to get back on track and to Bermuda on time.

 

Overall 3/c summer has been a great adventure with some great people. If you have any questions feel free to email me Jill.M.Friedman@uscga.edu.

 

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