Good morning, Followers -
Did you return to school today expecting to see photographs of the TS Kennedy’s return to Taylor’s Point?
You may be surprised to learn that we are still at sea. Due to high winds, our docking will be delayed until Tuesday, February 26th at 3:30 PM.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Cape Cod. Wind gust up to 60 miles per hour have been predicted thorough Monday night. Docking under such conditions would be unsafe.
As I have said throughout Sea Term 2019, the safety of the cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy is my number one priority. I also have the responsibility of protecting our ship. At times, I must make tough decisions.
The cadets were very disappointed when the delay was announced. They were looking forward to being reunited with their loved ones and returning home.
Has inclement weather ever cancelled or postponed your special plans? If so, you can relate to how the cadets felt.
Back on campus yesterday, families and friends who turned out to welcome us home were disappointed as well. Many had traveled long distances for this happy reunion.
In the maritime business, one learns flexibility. Extreme weather causes arrival and departure times to be moved up or delayed. Routes are changed. Ports are added or cancelled. It’s simply part of the job. You might not like it, but you have to accept it.
If you have time to make a welcome home poster for our cadets – or a drawing of the TS Kennedy, we’d certainly appreciate it. You may have your teacher send a photo of it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will make it immediately available for cadets to view in the Computer Lab.
Thanks for supporting our cadets for two additional days. If you are returning to school from your winter break, “Welcome back!”
Captain Michael J. Campbell