U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron Port Call in Stonington
Stonington, Conn. – The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS) will visit Stonington, CT from June 24-27. After a non-stop, 300-nautical mile sail from Annapolis, MD, five Navy 44 ft sailboats crewed by Midshipmen will be hosted by the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) and will be open for public tours noon to 4 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the SHYC docks.
The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. Third-class midshipmen (beginning their second year at the academy) have the opportunity to be crew members, while first-class and second-class midshipmen serve as skippers or executive officers.
The Naval Academy provides a four-year undergraduate education for 4400 midshipmen (students) to prepare them morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. Upon graduation, midshipmen receive a commission either as an ensign in the U.S. Navy or a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where they serve at least five years as leaders of Sailors and Marines. For more information about the United States Naval Academy you can visit the Academy website at www.usna.edu.
SHYC and the Naval Academy Alumni association seek sponsor families to host midshipman for the weekend. If interested, please contact Doug Wilson (USNA '77) via e-mail at douglas.wilson@1977.USNA.com.
More information about the Naval Academy is available at www.usna.edu.
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