This morning we sailed past the Big Island. At around 0400 you could see the glow of the lava as we slowly glided past it. Most on board were asleep but the few who were awake said it was a unique sight. The cadets are looking forward to the swim call tomorrow, which does not happen that often. The weather is beautiful this morning, the cool tropical breeze is a refreshing way to wake up.

Out on deck, one of the divisions had their immersion suits out for an inspection. It is important to make sure that everything with these suits is in working order. Down in the Green Deck (first deck on the bow) cadets were busy making their sea bags and learning whipping for lines. Other cadets were busy chipping, grinding, and repainting the deck. For many this is tedious work but in the end it is very rewarding.

Cadet grinding deck

Cadet Wenschhof grinding the deck.

Cadet preparing twine

Cadet Harrington preparing twine to sew her sea bag.

Cadet putting on suit

Cadet Wenschhof trying on the suit.

Cadet fully in suit

Cadet Wenschhof fully suited.

On the fantail some cadets some cadets are dropping fishing lines in the water which they're having fun with. The last few days they've caught about half a dozen fish, which are often cooked in the galley and served to the cadet who made the catch.

Cadet with fishing gearCadet Sturgeon getting ready to fish.

After lunch we sailed close to land, and at one point we were less than a mile from the shore. A lot of cadets and staff were on deck to take in the view. Being that close to land was pretty unique and it caught a lot of people by surprise.

Cadets taking quick breakCadets Mast and Sylvester taking a quick break.

We are all looking forward to tomorrow, the day will be full of rest for many on the ship. A lot of people are also looking forward to calling home and wishing their dads a happy Father’s Day.

With our journey almost halfway over we are excited for what lies ahead. The days may have started to blend together, but even so, this voyage is something that we will all remember.

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