Last year the Sea Scout Ship Decisive (Ship 11, Kauai, Hawaii) participated in the Ancient Mariner Regatta for the first time. The experience is one we will never forget. Not only was it a great learning opportunity, but we all had a fantastic time!
There were many events that we had to learn how to do, but we were able to pull them off and receive a Schooner rating in the end.
We also had the opportunity to meet many other scouts that share our same passion. Everyone was extremely friendly, making us feel at ease with this new experience. We became especially close with the Sea Scout Ship Albatross (Ship 72, Martinez, CA) when we cruised to the regatta with them on their boat. (Our Skipper was a member of the Albatross when he was a youth)
They also taught us how to do the Breeches Buoy and Boatswain’s Chair. We have a lot to be grateful for towards them.
I am delighted to be able to rekindle the friendships that I established last year and I know that our new members will be just as pleased with making new friends this year.
Before even competing in AMR, the real challenge this year was acquiring the finances to get there. Having to fly across the Pacific Ocean can be quite costly so to help abate the expenses we organized fundraisers.
For the last few months we organized car washes, bake sales, and sold Makahiki (Scout-O-Rama) tickets. With the help of our community were able to raise the money we needed.
We are very thankful for everyone’s support because without their funding there would be a lot less of our Scouts going to compete this year.
Based on the advice of other ships the best way to prepare is to practice, which is exactly what we have been doing. Besides Elijah and I, the rest of the crew is new and have not been to AMR before.
To say the least, we have our work cut out for us to teach our new members the skills they need to compete and regain that Schooner status or better. However, I have confidence we will do well and enjoy another great time on the USS Hornet.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Aloha Council Boatswain