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The World’s Classic Ocean Race

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 Michael Klakring I am writing this entry having finally returned from the beautiful island of Bermuda! We raced the Academy’s J-44 sailboat Glory in the 2010 Newport to Bermuda Race, which left on June 18. Five days later we arrived in Bermuda, and to our extreme pleasure, won our class! I have never felt so on top of the world as I do at the conclusion of this Ocean Racing season. After last season and the fallout that occurred, this season could not have gone better for the program. We placed in the top three in all of our races except two, and then we won the Bermuda race! It is such an amazing feeling.

During the five days of racing, I would never have said I would do it again for less than $100 K, but now that it’s finished and I am back in New London, I would do anything to get back on a sailboat. We had such a great crew this summer, and worked together really well from day one. My logistics job was great, as I arranged hotel and dock reservations, made sure vans were available, and made sure we were cleared through Customs to enter Bermuda.

The first half of my summer has been the best thus far as a cadet, and I am excited to see what’s next. I leave for Air Station Elizabeth City, NC, tomorrow morning and following that, I become cadre!

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