Sailing Warm Winter Waters

USUALLY, MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY’s State of Maine (TSSOM) departs in May for a single summer training cruise. But, in 2021, the at-sea training schedule was modified to recover sea time that was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two 37-day cruises were completed throughout the spring and summer before a third cruise departed Castine in November.
“The pandemic caused disruptions at every level, but we evolved our programming to regain lost ground,” explains

John Cashman, Commandant of Midshipmen. “Thanks to the perseverance of the students, crew, faculty, and staff, we were able to fulfill MMA’s core mission despite the obstacles.”

During the winter cruise, TSSOM visited Charleston, South Carolina, Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI, and Port Canaveral, Florida. Most of the underway time was spent training in the warm and relatively calm waters of the northern Caribbean and students welcomed the reprieve from Penobscot Bay’s wintry weather.

Students on deck handling ropes

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