(Vallejo, California – April 18, 2017) – Students from California State University Maritime Academy will get under way for the first of a pair of training cruises this weekend, beginning with a stop in Sacramento Sunday through Tuesday.
The Training Ship Golden Bear, Cal Maritime's 500-foot training vessel, departs the Vallejo campus at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, arriving at the Port of West Sacramento at approximately 6:00 p.m. Other stops for the first cruise will include El Salvador, Seattle, and multiple ports in Hawaii.
The annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum offered at Cal Maritime. For the duration of each summer training cruise, Cal Maritime cadets are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel. All training cruises are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship's captain, the chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners.
During the cruise, cadets continue to attend classes, and intellectual learning, applied technology, and leadership development blend daily as cadets apply what they have learned in the classroom, in the lab, and on the waterfront.
To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear's two-month journey, visit the Follow the Voyage blog at www.cma-virtualftv.org.