Wed 24 Aug 2011
Quite a nice menu for the San Diego reception.
Chief Steward Louis Bones makes the final checks on the buffet .
Cadets Coleman Rosenberg, Lucas Juon, Dallas Downing, Tegan Church and Kevin Thomas get the wine ready to go.
Cadets Nicole Carman and Tegan Church ready the wine by uncorking it and allowing it to breathe.
Galley staff Glenn Salenga slices the roast beef professionally.
The Captain’s reception was held on the helo deck with the San Diego skyline as a backdrop. The weather was warm with a little bit of a breeze. You couldn’t have asked for anything better. Plenty of guests, plenty of food and a great time.
Captain Harry Bolton entertaining guests.
Instructor Bob Stewart
Instructor Ian Lim
Guests Lisa and Richard Arnoult with their son Cadet Richard Arnoult. Mr. and Mrs Arnoult flew from Louisiana to attend the San Diego Captain’s Gala and of course see their son.
Cadets Jonathan Barnes and Scott Berardi volunteered to be escorts to show guest the Golden Bear.
Campus Chief of Police Roseann Richard and Marc McGee came down from CMA to attend the festivities. We have the privilege of having Roseann ride up the coast to Vallejo with us.
WELCOME/THANK YOU SPEECHES
Captain Harry Bolton, San Diego Port Commissioner Bob Nelson, Captain Sam Pecota and San Diego Port Security Paul LaButa.
Captain Bolton presented Port Commisioner Nelson with a plaque commemorating the Training Ship Golden Bear’s visit to San Diego. Port Commissioner Nelson has bee so gracious to allow the California Maritime Academy to dock the Golden Bear without fees. Thank you to Port Security LaButa for allowing our cadets to be Security in port. Thank you to San Diego Pilot Lyle Donovan for volunteering pilot time for taking the Golden Bear into port and thank you Chris Peterson for the Crowley tugs, Saturn and Spartan assisting the Golden Bear into port.
Port Commissioner Nelson and Port Security LaButa presents gift bags from San Diego to Captain Bolton and Captain Pecota.
Captain Pecota gave a special thanks to Chief Steward Louis Bones and his staff for such a wonderful buffet dinner. He gave a hearty thank you to Chief Engineer Bill Davidson and Chief Mate Bill Schmid for keeping things running smoothly. Then he thanked the cadets for making the cruise such a pleasure. All the cadets are very hard at learning the “ropes” of their trade and with a very positive attitude.
Welcome aboard MARAD (US Maritime Administration ) Surveyor assigned to the Golden Bear Sujit Mukherjee and MARAD’s western region rep Tony Margan.
Captain Pecota introduces CMA Provost Gerald Jakubowski. He is the number two person on campus and vice president of academic affairs.
Provost Jakubowski expects 270 new students at orientation the upcoming week. We are gaining some students from Houston, Texas and look forward to welcoming them.
Then the microphone was handed to the Alumni Association’s president, Ken Passe (class of 1969). He said there is a total of 4800 alumni.
Captain Bolton welcomes Commandant David Buckey to CMA. He was with the Navy for thirty years and was just hired at CMA.
Cadet Tegan Church recommends a fine wine.
The TSGB’s Navigation Lab and Full Bridge simulator.
Once again our guests were marveled by our new Bridge and Nav Lab center. Our captain and crew pulled out all the stops to demonstrate some of the worlds best equipment and displays. As I strolled among the guests I constantly heard just one word……..WOW!
Probably my only regret was we had this demonstration in the daylight. So the pictures taken are not so dramatic as they were in New Zealand and Australia.
However, as the sun set, and our guests were recovering from a good dose of “awestruck” , the San Diego skyline proved to be just as beautiful. The gathering ended , but it was such a wonderful evening, no one wanted to leave.
2nd Engineer Mike Andrews ran into Cadet Colin McVey. Cadet McVey just finished his commercial cruise. Living nearby in San Diego, he was able to show our ship to a very happy family….. He will be returning this year as a Senior.
THE PARTY IS “WINDING DOWN”
Cal Maritime Director of Communications Jennifer Whitty, takes a few last pictures.
Cadet C Gull is one of the last to leave.
These cadets did a wonderful job entertaining.