Today we are on a course to sail around state, a distance of about 500nm. This morning the water is very smooth -- almost like glass. The clear blue is amazing to see,  and sailing past the islands, where the green cliffs meet the blue waters is something that a lot of cadets will not forget. Later in the day we are supposed to sail past Kauai, which is going to be even more stunning.

Out on deck cadets continue to paint surfaces that are in need of a fresh coat. The process is time consuming, but will slowly make the ship look better and help prevent rust in the long run. Some were painting the actual deck while others were painting the goosenecks. Some deck cadets were greasing the davits and launching mechanisms for the lifeboats. It’s important that these are lubricated so they have a smooth launch if needed.

Cadet Anderson painting the deck

Cadet Anderson painting the deck.

Cadet Connolly greasing life boat bearings

Cadet Connolly greasing lifeboat bearings.

In the engine room there was a lot going on as well, with some cadets busy painting some of the important areas. Others were down near the bilge pumps getting those ready to pump. Once those were ready they started the process. Feeling the wall of heat once you open the door is intense and I have slowly gotten used to it but I have a new respect for the engineers.

Cadet Guevara inspecting his turnout gear

Cadet Guevara inspecting his turnout gear.

Cadets Granados and So painting

Cadets Granados and So painting.

Cadets learning about draining the bilge

Cadets learning about draining the bilge.

Cadets with Mr. Orlando

Cadets Wiley, Paul, and Kisabeth with Mr. Orlando.

Today we had another fire and emergency drill. Though these drills are weekly, there is always a unique factor added in. During the last drill there was a simulated fire in the galley with multiple “casualties”. The  elements of surprise in these drills that simulates what could actually happen while at sea. This drill had a simulated fire in the engine room, and the fire teams had to dawn their turnouts and make their way down into the hot space.

As we sail past some of the islands we are enjoying the cool weather and smooth seas. The sunsets have been one of the best parts of the evenings. A lot of cadets and staff have been out on deck taking pictures and enjoying their time relaxing on deck. Everyone is looking forward to our arrival in Honolulu, where we will be manning the rails and will be in our "salt and peppers." This will be exciting since this will be our first and only port call this cruise.

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.