Ancient Mariner Regatta 2011

The Ancient Mariner Regatta 2011, the biggest Sea Scout event in the United States and first to kick off the program’s Centennial celebration, was, in a word, amazing.

From visits from the National Sea Scout Commodore and Director, and the excellent World Kinship speaker, to the Centennial flag flown proudly over the ship throughout our visit, it was clear to see that there was no shortage of excitement on board the USS Hornet in Alameda, this Memorial Day weekend!

The National Ensign was flown over the USS Arizona Memorial and the first Sea Scout Centennial Flag proudly flown off the signal bridge of the USS Hornet.

By boat, bus, car, and even bike, Sea Scouts began arriving and registering for the event on Friday evening, preparing to call the historical aircraft carrier and museum, “home” for the next three days. And as Saturday rolled around, things only got better!

Over 450 Sea Scouts and 28 Ships competed admirably in events like Flotilla, Scuttlebutt, Drill, and Rope Climb over the weekend, and quite a few of us even made some new friends along the way as we hoped and prayed to achieve the coveted Clipper class award.

Semaphore on the Flight Deck

This year, Sea Scouts got a chance to do things many of them had never done before, like participate in AMR’s first Fleet Drill (and hope to be the last one standing), meet both the National Commodore and Director of Sea Scouts, and bring back Pass in Review after 10 years.

The Color Guard leading the Pass in Review

The traditional events at the regatta certainly didn’t go without notice. Voices could be heard all over the ship, cheering on the crews that were lucky enough to make it to drill- off and pulling boat finals, shouting their chants and cheers as they marched to events, and gasping at the ghost stories being told Saturday evening.This year’s regatta provided crews from all over the state of California with fierce competition, a sense of adventure, and a whole lot of exercise aboard the 890- foot ship. With 25 challenging events, good food, and amazing opportunities to meet new people, this event was, without a doubt, a success!

Whaleboat Race

And there are high hopes among Scouts and adults alike, that with the one hundredth anniversary of such an amazing program, the sixtieth year of this equally amazing event, and even more Sea Scouts from Hawaii and Oregon interesting in attending next year, that we will “blow the doors off the Hornet,” and that the Ancient Mariner Regatta of 2012 will be the best yet!

The National Commodore presenting a Class Award to a proud Boatswain.

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