A Travellerspoint blog

June 2013

Diving and Sailing in GTMO

June 2013

sunny 90 °F

By the time I am putting this entry in I don't remember what day this dive and sail trip took place but it was some time in June.
octopus 1

octopus 1


octopus

octopus


sea turtle

sea turtle


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This is what a conch shell looks like before we clean it up!
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Steve and I had been invited to sail with a civilian here but we only got to go for an hour before the boats were reserved. We ended up going along with the people after us who were out for a race in the sailboats. The three boats race to the southern bouy and back.
first and second place boats

first and second place boats


making the turn

making the turn


Sailboat in GTMO

Sailboat in GTMO


Steve at lookout

Steve at lookout


the skipper

the skipper

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The Barque Eagle Coast Guard Ship

8 June 2013

sunny

The Barque Eagle is a sailing school ship used by the Coast Guard to train future officers and it pulled into port in GTMO for a few days. People on island were given the opportunity to tour the ship and take photos before the students sailed it away again. Despite technological complexity sail training still provides the best foundation for seamanship. On the Eagle cadets are the crew.
Coast Guard Ship

Coast Guard Ship


The ship was built at the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936. She is now maintained year round by a permanent crew of 55 personnel. The speed under power is 10 knots and 17 knots under sail. She is 295 feet long and carries 3,860 pounds of anchors.
US flag on the ship

US flag on the ship


tons of ropes

tons of ropes


the wheel

the wheel


ship painting

ship painting


lifevest

lifevest


front of ship

front of ship


belaying pins

belaying pins

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