Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rockport Navy Weekend

Each July, the coastal town of Rockport hosts the U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron Navy Committee on Rockport Navy Weekend.  This event is ably hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee (RocNavCom) and the town of Rockport, with the assistance of many volunteers and families that host midshipmen.

This year, the Naval Academy midshipmen and their advisors were joined by sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the USS Constitution, and the Navy Band from Newport, R.I.
The sailors and midshipmen participated in a kickball game with Rockport children, a softball game, and a benefit pancake breakfast.  On Saturday and Sunday, a uniformed gun team gave demonstrations of a 5,800 pound 1812 USS Constitution replica long gun.

Once again this year I had the opportunity to meet with the midshipmen, the Navy personnel, host families, committee members and volunteers, and to thank them for providing us with a tremendous opportunity to learn about each other, while also thanking those serving in the Navy for their service to our nation.
I hope you will consider joining us next year for some or all of the events that make this a very special weekend.  To learn more about the committee and its work, please visit http://www.rocnavcom.org/.  Posted below are some photos I captured of Sunday’s activities at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.