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Sailing for gold

Ens. Nikole Barnes and her sailing partner, Lara Dallman-Weiss, sail in Miami. Photo courtesy of Dean Barnes.

Ens. Nikole Barnes, Class of 2017, plans to sail her way to gold in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. To get there, she has kicked off her three-pronged campaign in order to train with her partner Lara Dallman-Weiss. Barnes hasn’t done this alone, her goals have been supported by the Coast Guard, her coaches, the Coast Guard Academy and the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. This marks the first time the Coast Guard has extended orders to an officer to train and compete in the Olympics Games.

Weathering the seas

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With 23 sails harnessing wind as the ship’s primary means of propulsion, Eagle’s operators take the weather very seriously. While Eagle generally navigates in the direction of its next port call, the ship often sails on whatever wind is present. The ship can only sail approximately 75 degrees off the true wind, and thus if the wind is blowing from the direction of the next port call, planning a transit can be challenging. Observing, predicting and responding to the weather all play a huge role in life on the barque.

Cadets unfurl their sails: from the classroom to the seas

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Every summer since 1974, 2nd class cadets, or juniors, at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., are given the opportunity to sail in the Coastal Sail Training Program providing them the chance to get in tune with their environment, hone their seaman’s eyes and understand the consequences of their decisions.

A taste of life at sea

Raising the sails

Boatswain’s mates training for their rate – also known as A-school – normally does not include any time underway on a Coast Guard cutter. However, this spring 48 A-school students set sail from Charleston, S.C., alongside officer candidates from both Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Basic Officer Training.

Shipmate of the Week – Petty Officers Losinger, Mullinax, Seckinger and Iannizzaro

The boatcrew from Coast Guard Cutter Block Island. From left to right: Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Iannizzaro, Petty Officer 3rd Class Chuck Seckinger, Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Losinger and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Mullinax.

The boatcrew from Coast Guard Cutter Block Island. From left to right: Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Iannizzaro, Petty Officer 3rd Class Chuck Seckinger, Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Losinger and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Mullinax. U.S. Coast Guard photo. In the early hours of a June morning, Coast Guard Cutter Block Island was

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Saved by the jacket: John Pine

Saved by the jacket

In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week 2012 we will be featuring first-person accounts of those who survived an accident on the water. Today’s story comes from a sailor who fell off his sailboat not once, but twice. We are sharing his story here at Compass in the hopes you will always “wear it!” Heroes

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