31 January 2011

KP at the South Pole

Just received the following email and photos from the ADM Mark Buzby, KP'79 and currently CO of Military Sealift Command- Always great to see the KP Burgee flying proud!

Just back from my travels to Antarctica to check on MSC piece of Operation DEEP FREEZE resupply mission. While there, I had the opportunity to visit the US base at the South Pole - Amundsen-Scott Station, and could not resist hoisting the KP pennant there. This is actually the pennant off JERRY LAND flown proudly for many years.
Believe this is the first time the KP pennant has ever travelled there, and certainly at the lowest temperature it has ever flown (-10 deg F with -43 deg windchill!).
Being a well-trained Mariner, I did not trust the scientist's position of the geographic Pole, and instead verified the true posit with my handheld GPS. Good fix.

You are welcome to use the photos as desired. Photos were taken on 26 Jan 11 by Maj Jonathan Hannon, USAF.

Yours aye, Buz

30 January 2011

Vanquish to Race 2011 Trans-Atlantic Race Crewed by Youth All American Offshore Team

Vanquish at the start of last year's Newport to Bermuda Race

Several Kings Pointer's will get the opportunity this summer to compete in a race from Newport, RI, to England as part of the newly formed All American Offshore Team. The team was formed this year as a partnership between the USMMA Sailing Foundation, Storm Trysail Club, and the Oakcliff Sailing Center to promote and support youth offshore sailing in the US. Read more about the team on their blog, get in touch on Facebook, or send in your application to join the Team.

27 January 2011

Kings Point Snowday!

Sailing Master Gasiorek, RWX Peter Kaple, and Summerwind Captain Johathon Kabak atop Yocum Sailing Center's new skill hill.

18 January 2011

The Front Fell Off- or more acurately, was delicately removed!

I'm sure many of you have seen the classic comedy sketch regarding the ship where "the front fell off." Here is the T/V Liberator at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard with the stem removed, which is being replaced due to rot. The job is progressing well, with the only complaint from the shipyard staff that she is built too well....and very tough to disassemble. Fortunately that will be over soon, and the re-assembly can start. More Pics Here.

11 January 2011

70 Year Old Monomoy Referbishment

The Kings Point Monomoys have made it through 70 years of hard- pretty good for a boat that was likely designed to last long enough to train WWII Merchant Mariners. New fiberglass versions are on their war this winter, but we decided to give one of the old ones a makeover. The wood is in great shape, and once the paint was removed the scent of cedar from the planking filled the boat bay!