Last night was the first night of the Sinbad Games. The events were a triathlon, a lifeboat ration eating contest, and a knot tying contest. Each of these events posed a fun challenge for those competing. The most difficult had to be the lifeboat ration eating contest. This was a marathon eating contest, those who ate the entire packet were troopers to say the least. The scores are still being tallied and it could be anyone’s game.

Work out on decks has slowed due to the heavy seas, a lot of the work has continued in the house and below decks. Down in the Halon room, cadets were busy chipping and repainting the decks and overheads. Just like the exterior decks the interiors need a new coat of paint from time to time. On the 02 aft house the cadets were busy painting the corridors bright white.

Three cadets smiling on deck

Cadet in engine

Cadets working in engine room


Down in the engine room the temperatures have decreased slightly because of the cooler ocean temperatures. This makes that space slightly more habitable. Some cadets were busy taking soundings of the lube oil on the main engine, while others were putting the fuel oil purifier back together. The task of taking soundings is important to do to make sure you know the oil levels in the engines, this is to ensure they have enough to run smoothly. Repairing the fuel oil purifier is important since it is a part that is operated frequently.

We are 48 hours away from Catalina now and everyone is excited. Tonight is the second night of the Sinbad Games and the events look even more challenging.

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