Recreational sailing

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Lynpar, May 22, 2011.

  1. Lynpar

    Lynpar Member

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    I understand plebes have little time for anything that starts with the word 'recreation' but am wondering about sailing. DS will be participating in a winter sport and on B-split. But on their free time (lol) are they allowed to take out the smaller sailing vessels? I know I have read in the past somewhere on this forum that they can compete in waterfront in a smaller way on B-split ( I believe it was a thread about band, lol). He is not really wanting to take on another sport but curious about recreational opportunities. I believe J.D. Mentioned taking out a sailboat on Sunday mornings ( sounds like one of the most spiritual things I can think of). This question is not just pertaining to plebe year but are midshipman allowed to use the small sailboats on the weekends or what is the policy? Do they have to be certified in some way? And if so, how do they accomplish that? Thanks in advance for the information.
     
  2. wac2013

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    as far as i know, there isnt a structured program in place that would allow anyone to take one of the dinghys out on their own. really the only way that i know of to be granted such privileges would to be pretty heavily involved in the waterfront sailing teams, which does represent a pretty substantial time committment. however, if your son knows how to sail and can get in the coaches' good graces, it could happen. The waterfront definitely runs on a more "person to person" basis, with alot of emphasis being placed on the coaches and waterfront trainer's trust in the person and their abilities.
     
  3. Jerryfleugene

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    Here in CA the training standards are uniform, but there are many academies with different teaching styles. Most take 6 to 9 months depending on if they are full or part time.
     
  4. aooga15

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    Yes! I believe they will have time and be able to sail (?) When we visited the Academy last fall, we met up with a boy that we knew (whom had just then recently finished his INDOC) and we spoke with him for about 5 minutes. After our quick chat, he was heading off to sail for a few hours. I know he did have previous sailing experience, but he was definitely NOT part of the Varsity Sailing team. So I'm thinking... yes? He certainly was able to head off and sail... so hopefully that's an indication that your DS will also be able to do the same.
     
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  5. aooga15

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    I think (???) the answer is yes. But I'd love to hear a more definite yah/ or nay from someone who knows better than an incoming newby??? :redface:
     
  6. KPEngineer

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    We were allowed to take boats sailing for leisure purposes. I don't know much it has changed in the (cough cough) years since I graduated but there was a means for anyone to get checked out on the small boats, rainbows if I remember right, and then they could be taken out either on weekends or weekday afternoons. There was also a sailing class offered as an elective.
     

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