Sea Scouts show well at ‘Ancient Mariner’

Kauai Sea Scouts from both the Sea Scout Ship Decisive and the Westside’s Sea Scout Ship Kia‘lokekai finished with impressive showings at the Ancient Mariner Regatta that wrapped up Monday at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California.

“The Decisive crew had an excellent regatta under the leadership of Boatswain Alexis Baldwin,” said Commodore Larry Richardson. “They earned a second place in the International Code Flags event and finished in a tie for fifth place in Uniform Inspection, their tying unit being the Kia‘lokekai.”

Under the leadership of Boatswain Chandler Martiney, the crew quickly proved to the fleet of more than 400 other Sea Scouts how tough competitors they are.

“In addition to the tie with Decisive in Uniform Inspection, the new Westside crew earned an outstanding first place finish in the Ring Buoy event with an impressive 100 percent of their ring buoy throws being on target,” Richardson said. “During the awards ceremony, Kia‘lokekai earned the third-highest rating of Sloop Class, falling just one qualifying event away from Schooner class. A very impressive performance in their first regatta.”

Richardson said the Decisive crew earned the second-highest rating of Schooner Class, finishing one qualifying event short of Clipper class, the highest rating at the regatta.

He said the Decisive crew, despite having just one day to practice the Breeches Buoy event, had a qualifying run and went on to finish fifth.

“Breeches Buoy is an old way of rescuing people from a shipwreck which involves making a zip line,” Richardson said. “We can’t practice it because we don’t have a tower for it — yet. I’m going to work on that.”

Overall, Richardson said everyone had a good time.

“I personally am extremely proud of all our Kauai kids,” Richardson said. “Not only were their seamanship skills impressive, but they were respectful, polite, and nice to everyone. And, their uniforms all looked sharp. They were great representatives of our island, and great ambassadors of aloha. I am proud of each one of them.”

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