Friday, August 14, 2009

Welcome, Sea Cadets!

This press release was sent via email from Harbor View Yacht Club:

Sea Cadets Get First Lake Erie Sailing Trip in Sea Cadet Challenge 2009

(Oregon, OH) – United States Navel Sea Cadets from the Commodore Perry Division of the Greater Toledo area will kick off two years of training Saturday, August 15, with the 2009 Sea Cadet Challenge hosted by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, other naval units, and Harbor View Yacht Club.

For the Sea Cadets, who range in ages 11 – 17, this will be their first sailing trip on Lake Erie.

Approximately a dozen sailing vessels will take at least 33 Sea Cadets, plus family members, on a two-and-ahalf hour trip into western Lake Erie. At least three power vessels from Harbor View Yacht Club will accompany the sailing vessels in support of the exercise.

“This kicks off a practical platform for the Sea Cadets to practice their techniques of seamanship and leadership skills. Parents wanted to be part of this first trip to see what their child will be doing over the next two years. We welcome the parental involvement,” said Michael A. Joseph, USN, who coordinated this exercise and will oversee the two-year program.

Mr. Joseph says the Sea Cadet exercise will also help Jolly Roger Sailing Club with their Junior Sail Fleet program.

“We feel that both groups will compliment each other. We have similar goals which include educating and training our youth in the nautical world of sailing,” he said.

The exercise is being supported by the Commanding Officer, United States Navy, Toledo; United States Coast Guard, Station Toledo; Operational Hospital Support Unit Toledo; Naval Unit VTU 0517 Naval Operational Support Center Toledo; Harbor View Yacht Club; and the United States Naval Sea Cadets, Commodore Perry District.

Sailing vessels are being supplied by volunteers from Harbor View Yacht Club and Jolly Roger Sailing Club.

Harbor View Yacht Club
2180 Autokee St.
Oregon, OH

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Cadets arrive at 11:30 a.m.
Orientation with Sea Cadets in dressed white uniforms – Noon
Sea Cadets with parents board sailing vessels 12:30 - 1 p.m.
Sailing Exercise 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Endex 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. with meal served

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