The Coast Guard Foundation, the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, the Coast Guard Academy Parents Association and the Coast Guard Academy will host the christening and launch of the academy’s new sail training vessel, L44-01 Shearwater, June 2 at the Coast Guard Academy waterfront in New London, Conn.
As part of the Leadership 44 Campaign, the three non-profit organizations have raised nearly $6 million to build a new class of eight leadership sail training boats for the academy. The event celebrates the launch of the first new vessel.
“The Leadership 44 Campaign is the first collaborative partnership of Coast Guard Academy stakeholders and will provide new training vessels for the future guardians of our shores,” said Robert Hallock, chairman of the campaign committee, in a statement. “The sail training program is instrumental in developing cadets’ aptitude on the water. It is not simply about learning how to sail; it’s about learning how to lead and work as a team, which are vital skills for Coast Guard officers.”
The new sloops, made possible by the campaign, standardize the offshore sailing program and allow a greater number of cadets to participate in an experience crucial to their transformation into officers.
A procurement committee, representing the interests of the academy and the three non-profits, worked with naval architect David Pedrick of Newport, R.I., to develop a custom design for the sailboats. Built by Morris Yachts, the resulting boats have contemporary lines, simplified rigging and an improved sail plan that will meet the demands of the coastal sail training program.