Koch Cup Day 3

Today was Day 3 of the William I. Koch Sea Scout Cup. The day began a bit of a breeze, most of us even wore jackets at the morning color. After everyone had a nice breakfast, they started to get geared up for some racing.

Today was the first races to decide which teams will sail in the Koch fleet and which teams will be in the Kiwi fleet. The first fleet, Alpha fleet, started out the morning running four races. The calm water was no match for these Sea Scouts but the intensity of the racing got getting stronger by the minute. As the day went on the current got  pretty heavy out there so it was a bit of a challenge for everyone to get used to.  As Alpha fleet race, the Bravo fleet watched in anticipation to get out on the water. After the on water switch the Bravo fleet got out into the boats. Although the wind had picked up quite a bit, the fleet was able to get four races in with a cap at 18 knots. All the racers had an awesome day out on the water.

After the races, the regatta had some free time to get dry and changed before heading down to dinner. After dinner everyone got together to play some games before the presentations by each country.

The presentations by each country were excellent.  It was interesting to find out about all the different areas and things that, Sea Scouts around the globe, do. Most of the international teams do very similar activities, from sailing or kayaking to teaching lifesaving.  It was a great job by all the scouts. We also got a presentation on “What to do in San Francisco” by Parker. It was great to get a little more background on the main attractions in the area, like Alcatraz and Golden Gate bridge.

The evening ended with a presentation of William I. Koch Sea Scout Cup medals to the scouts. Each participant received a medal from Tom Hartmann and a centennial coin from Keith Christopher. The staff and I also got a William I. Koch Cup challenger coin. Shortly after all the racers found out which fleet they will be sailing in for the rest of the week. It was a nice finish to an awesome day here at California Maritime Academy.

Matthew Gorman

Western Region Boatswain’s Mate

m26is@yahoo.com

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