26 April 2010

Tug and Barge Ops

Last Friday afternoon the Waterfront Officers organized a Tug and Barge Handling Class for interested Midshipman. Great training!

What Some People Will Do to Get to the KP Waterfront

I don't know the full story yet, but I con only guess in their excitement to get to the great programs and boats at the KP Waterfront this minivan tried to take a shortcut on the stairs!

Fortunately Waterfront Assistant Director Rich Cain was there to save the day!

Metropolitan Rowing Championships






New York Metropolitan Rowing Championships – April 25, 2010

Team results


The Kings Point Rowers experienced a mixture of success and disappointment at the Metropolitan Rowing Championships on Sunday. The Women’s Pair brought home a bronze, the Men’s Varsity showed its strength in the ‘Eights’ but  unfortunately the Men’s Novice squad was hampered by equipment failure and failed to qualify for the final. This competition was formed by group of local teams as a championship regatta amongst local Metropolitan New York teams, and eventually expanded to include sixteen teams from as far away as Albany and includes many Division I  teams.


On what was a rain-soaked morning with temperatures in the forties, the competing teams were required to report to the race site at 6:00 a.m. and start racing at 7:00 due to tidal restrictions. Despite having drawn the first race of the day, the King’s Point Women’s Pair of Anna Simons ‘12 and Kacey Rohloff ’12 were able to start the day with a bronze medal and nearly moved into the second position when Hofstra collided with the Kings Pointers just as they were about to move past 2nd place Fairfield. Simons and Rohloff dominated the field at last year’s championship and had hoped to do the same this year.  “The pair really looked strong today but this was the first chance for Anna and Kacey to compete in the pair during this season.  They rowed well and I am hopeful that the remainder of the season will be successful and without incident”, said Coach Derek Hartwick following the race.  


The Men’s Varsity Eight continued to perform strongly as it has throughout the season. Having captured the Knecht Cup two weeks ago, the Kings Point crew of Coxswain David Wong ‘13, Stroke Steven Jones ‘10, Charles Waters ’10, Thomas Gambill ’12, Dustin Downing ’13, Connan Ingham ’12, Sam Diedrick ’10, Frank Osborne ’12, and Kyle O’Connor ’10 were hoping to repeat at this regatta. In the six crew final, the Kings Pointers met with strong opposition from Division I Fordham as well as Division I Army who captured second and Division I Iona College who finished third.  Kings Point was able to stay close for the first 500 meters but despite a strong stroke-rating by our rowing mariners, the Fordham crew was able to hold the lead to the finish.  The Kings Point Varsities were the top Division III team in the race.


The Men’s Freshman crew of Coxswain Greg Acker, Stroke Brendan Rohr ’13, 3- Garrett Poncin ’13, 2-Chris Murphy ’13, and Bow- Brad Wood started the race strongly but half way into the race Poncin experienced difficulty with the shoes that hold his feet in the boat. Despite having held a qualifying position throughout the race, they dropped back in the final 500 meters and failed to qualify for the final. The crew is comprised of mostly novice rowers except for Murphy who rowed in high school. Despite the incident, the crew performed very strongly amongst a mix of very experienced crews. Poncin commented “We were in good position until I lost my feet and I could hardly row; I just kept going.” Kings Point finished fourth with only three moving on to the final. 




 The team travels to Whitney Point, NY on April 30 to compete in the New York Rowing Championships. Coach Hartwick is optimistic about the team’s chances of doing well next week. “I think that it is really going to be a great weekend. We have been building momentum and I think that we’ll do well at the New York Championships.




18 April 2010

USMMA-USCGA Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar

Update- Pics and Video Here

What do you get when you take the bow off a Farr 40 (thank you Hasso Plattner), bolt a flange and a fire house to the outside, make a crack on the inside, and put M/N Alex Nielsen inside with an assortment of tools and patching supplies? Alot wet, and alot of experience! USCGA hosted the T/V Liberator and 20 USMMA Midshipmen for a joint Safety at Sea Seminar preparation for this years Newport to Bermuda Race. skills covered included Lifesaving Equipment, Emergency Communications, Emergency Signalling, Weather, Medical Emergencies, and Damage control.

15 April 2010

Team Barnegat Bay Fundraiser

Anyone in New Jersey this weekend? Lets make sure we send Peet Must KP'05 to the Olympics!

What to do on a Day Without Wind

Captain Kabak teaching woodworking to the Summerwind crew on day without wind.

M/N Jeff Musselman putting the final touches on a new training vessel.

12 April 2010

Summerwind a Big Hit for 2014 Candidates at Spring Open House

Candidates for the Class of 2014 lined up to tour Summerwind today on Flag Landing

09 April 2010

Kings Point Sailors Lose to SUNY Maritime Football Team in Annual Marine Society Monomoy Race

I think we'll try a different crewing plan next year! Thanks to the Marine Society for sponsoring the race, and the $1000 dollar prize to the winning school.

05 April 2010

Looking for a Few Good Sailors in South Florida

On April 21 and 22nd we will be conduction sailing sea trials aboard Genuine Risk in West Palm Beach Florida. We have done quite a bit of work to improve the canting keel system, and plan to do a full day test. An sailing alumni or parents interested going for a sail aboard this exciting vessel let us know! Contact CDR Gasiorek.

Varsity Rowing Murphy Cup Results

Kings Point Varsity Crew

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Team Results

Murphy Cup Regatta – Philadelphia, PA

April 3, 2010

After a successful outing last week against Manhattan College and Sarah Lawrence, the Kings Point Rowing team met stiffer competition at the Murphy Cup Regatta in Philadelphia. A total of thirty-five teams competed in the regatta with over one-hundred and forty crews amongst all of the events.

The Freshman-Novice crew of Coxswain Jessica Willey, Stroke Chris Murphy ’13, 3-Brad Wood, 2-Brendan Rohr’13, and Garrett Poncin had great practice sessions during the week but unfortunately did not have their best performance and missed qualifying for the final. Despite clocking a time of 7:45 for the mile and a quarter, the team was unable to qualify for the final.

The Men’s Varsity squad chose to put all of their eggs in one basket in only rowing the Men’s Varsity Eight event and not the Fours event as they usually do. It turned out in their favor. Coach Derek Hartwick and Daniel Udeanu thought it would be best to focus on one event for the Regatta. Despite only having one practice in the ‘eight’ during the previous week, the crew raced very well and improved from the heat to the final.

With poor rowing conditions over the last week, the team has had difficulty getting enough rowing time to build some racing speed. Despite this adversity, the crew of Coxswain David Wong ‘13, Stroke Thomas Gambill ’12, Charles Waters ’10, Connan Ingham ’12, Dustin Downing ’13, Steven Jones ’10, Sam Diedrick ’10, Frank Osborne ’12, and Kyle O’Connor ’10 were able to record the best performance for the Mariners in this event. The crew rowed to a time of 6:25 in the heat. “It was the first race at the 2000 meter distance for David Wong but he did a fantastic job steering and leading his crew, especially in the final” commented Hartwick following the race.

The crew earned a spot in the Petit Final and finished a respectable 5th spot. The crew and Coach Udeanu were pleased with the results and the progress made so far this season. Coach Udeanu commented “They rowed very well and were pushing lots of water in the final. We are going to get much faster.”

The team competes next week at the prestigious Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, NJ. Over one hundred teams are expected and the competition will be very high level.

03 April 2010

Kings Point Sailors Supporting Open 60 class Racing in New York Harbor

T/V Sirina with a midshipman crew and film crew for an upcoming Gary Jobson television show about the New York to Barcelona Race.

01 April 2010

Captain Wallischeck at the Helm of Summerwind

Former Sailing Master at the helm of the new schooner.

Academy Waterfront Chosen for Reality TV Show

Fox Broadcasting has chosen the Academy Waterfront to be the home of the reality TV show slated to replace the now canceled "24." In what is billed to be a cross between "Deadliest Catch," "Ice Road Truckers," "Dirty Jobs" and "SuperNanny" 20 of our sailors will be chosen to compete against each other in events such as the Pirate Attack, Snake Filled Ballast Tank Maze, and Whaler Run To Manhattan. Details are still coming in but stay tuned!! And check your calendar........