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KP Duty


KP Duty

Our pals from the US Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point are having a great time while kicking a little ass at Block Island Race Week with their own little flotilla of race and support boats, and amazingly (for BIRW) only one of them is a J/Boat!  The teenager-crewed STP65 “Vanquish” finally took a race out of Rosebud yesterday, while their J/29 Renegade is mid fleet but fighting back.  But the real story for the Mids is the Farr 40 Nimbus, which is on three bullets in a row at the moment with Morning Light alum Chris Branning on tactics, breathing down Rod Jabin’s neck aboard Ramrod.  Great news from the kiddies and the best big boat race training program in the US. Here’s a little note one of the Freshmen wrote on the excellent King’s Point Waterfront blog:

“Having never being on an actual sports team before, the offshore sailing team is an opportunity set out for me that I cannot even begin to describe what a blessing it is. Chris Branning always told the crew of Diana that what we have the chance to do, the boats that we are sailing on as freshman…it’s almost unheard of. It’s one of the things that makes Kings Point so unique. It’s one of the things that gets me through the tough times here. I don’t know what I would do if I did not have the sailing team to lean on. I haven’t trailed off, I promise. I had one of these "clarifying" moments today. When I was sitting on Diana waiting to start on some work, A BEAUTIFUL boat came into the basin. It was breathtaking, it looked like a scene from a movie. Now, I don’t even want to know how much that boat cost. It has to be ridiculous. That’s when it hit me though, not for the first time, just how lucky I am to be here. I would never even have dreamed of seeing something like that if I had gone to a normal college, much less even been able to appreciate just how beautiful it was. Not to mention the other countless numbers of boats that are down at the waterfront, and the fact that I get to sail a Farr 40.”