Happy Friday, Followers!
We are approaching our final port!
The TS Kennedy was fortunate to clear customs while in St. Thomas so that will not be necessary in Tampa.
Are you a hockey fan? Approximately fifty cadets will going to see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils. A few crew members are also going as well. I have heard cadets and crew members talking excitedly about seeing Nikita Kucherov in action.
Many of our followers have indicated that they are weather watchers. Not only are they learning about weather in school, they are monitoring the weather at home. Some even have created their own weather instruments such as rain gauges and barometers. I am sure that how Rob Niemeyer got his start as a young boy. Rob, a Port Meteorological Officer with the National Weather Service, is cruising with us. He is passionate about everything weather-related and passes along his knowledge and enthusiasm on to our cadets. Next week, will be an especially exciting week for Rob and his cadets. As we head for Buzzards Bay, they will release three weather buoys. The first will be dropped near the Florida Keys. He is hoping that the buoy will catch the Gulf Stream and be carried on a meteorological journey. We will keep you posted on the launching of the buoys and provide a website so that you can follow them long after Sea Term is over.
Even though Sea Term is winding down, the learning continues right up until we reach the dock. If you live within an hour of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, I hope that you and your family will consider welcoming us home. The TS Kennedy is scheduled to arrive at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Sunday, February 25th at 11:30 AM. Of course, we will have our eyes on the weather as that could play a role in the timing of our arrival.
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend! I will write again on Monday morning.
Captain Michael J. Campbell