Location: Searsport Course: NA Speed NA
Weather: Fog Wind: South 12 kt. Seas: Smooth.
Many people may wonder what 243 Midshipmen could find to do in Eastport ME. Well, in the span of 20 hours we gave over 200 people tours of the ship, hosted a reception for local alumni, and took the top two positions in the annual firemen’s competition called Firemen’s Muster.
Our very own Emergency Squad produced two, four-person teams to compete in this fun, yet challenging, competition. Eastport officials were very gracious in reviewing the events with our teams as the outsiders and we were warmly welcomed by all teams. The first event required teams to connect two lengths of hose and a nozzle to a main, then charge the hose and use the water stream to knock over a 5-gallon bucket. But first, teams had to don full turnout gear as part of the evolution. The competition was pretty tight for this first event with all teams finishing the task within a couple of seconds of each other. It was the second task that moved our students into the front.
Tasked with securing the flow from three overhead sprinklers, the students did a quick physics review and determined the best way to attack the problem. The first two teams to go scored times of 46 seconds and 38 seconds respectively before it was our turn. MMA Team Alpha stepped up and stunned the crowd by securing all three sprinkler heads in 15 seconds and Team Bravo put up a 23 second score, firmly ensconcing MMA in the top two positions as we approached the final event.
The finale was a bucket brigade where teams were given a 5-gallon bucket (with plenty of holes in it) and had to transfer water from a tank to a 55-gallon drum 20 yards away. When the drum was full enough that water poured from a pre-drilled hole, time would be called. All of this was done in full turnout gear again. Competitors had a lot of fun with this one as anyone not paying attention while filling their bucket would be tossed into the tank. The youth and enthusiasm of MMA won out in this event, despite 4/C Carpenter taking a pretty good fall with a full bucket of water. The competition ended with MMA Team Bravo in 1st Place and Team Alpha taking 2nd Place.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the MMA Mariners do it!
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