April 1, 2013

Ship 72 Skipper Dean Skiff says:

These periodic posts are made to keep Ship 72 members, parents, and interested folks informed as to our activities and our plans.

I welcome positive feedback.

Ship 72 has been very busy this past year. The crew regularly participates in Cape Cod and Islands BSA Council events, Cape Cod Sea Scout Squadron events and New England Sea Scout Flotilla events.

This year the crew has zeroed in on advancement, a key ingredient to learning and demonstrating leadership. The entire crew has advanced to the Apprentice rank with several about to advance to the rank of Ordinary.

We continue to have many consultants help the crew keep the ships boats seaworthy as well as provide much appreciated training (including the USCG) , time and equipment in the interest of teaching new skills to the crew required for them to advance through the ranks.

The ship has four on-the-water training platforms; a 23 O'Day sailboat, 18' Cat Boat and two 24' 1944 Life Saving Surf Boats (rowing) and conducts training weekly at their Landship in East Orleans, MA.

The crew is preparing for an overnight cruise/row from Cape Cod to Plymouth this summer similar to the weekend row from Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard last year.

First we will travel to New London, CT in June for a New England Flotilla Rendezvous weekend (learning about "Safety at Sea"). We also expect to enjoy many days of sailing and rowing around Cape Cod.

Ship 72 is always eager to share our knowledge and experience with new recruits. Come by and see what the crew is up to and join the fun.
Skipper Gardiner


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