Coast Guard Auxiliarists Nancy Schimmelman and Cheryl Warner sail aboard Gloriana, a 48-foot schooner and Coast Guard Auxiliary platform, in the San Francisco Bay. The schooner, built in 1949, is owned and sailed by Schimmelman. (U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall /Released)

Service Under Sail

San Francisco Bay-based Coast Guard Auxiliarists patrol aboard a 1949 schooner.


Coast Guard Academy sails to big win

The Coast Guard Academy Women’s Sailing Team recently won the 2016 Sperry Women’s National Championship for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy in dominating fashion, finishing 40 points ahead of Brown University. This is the Bears’ first national title in program history.


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Weathering the seas

With 23 sails harnessing wind as the ship’s primary means of propulsion, Eagle’s operators take the weather very seriously. While Eagle generally navigates in the direction of its next port call, the ship often sails on whatever wind is present. The ship can only sail approximately 75 degrees off the true wind, and thus if the wind is blowing from the direction of the next port call, planning a transit can be challenging. Observing, predicting and responding to the weather all play a huge role in life on the barque.


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Cadets unfurl their sails: from the classroom to the seas

Every summer since 1974, 2nd class cadets, or juniors, at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., are given the opportunity to sail in the Coastal Sail Training Program providing them the chance to get in tune with their environment, hone their seaman’s eyes and understand the consequences of their decisions.


Raising the sails

A taste of life at sea

Boatswain’s mates training for their rate – also known as A-school – normally does not include any time underway on a Coast Guard cutter. However, this spring 48 A-school students set sail from Charleston, S.C., alongside officer candidates from both Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Basic Officer Training.


The boatcrew from Coast Guard Cutter Block Island. From left to right: Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Iannizzaro, Petty Officer 3rd Class Chuck Seckinger, Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Losinger and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Mullinax.

Shipmate of the Week – Petty Officers Losinger, Mullinax, Seckinger and Iannizzaro

In the early hours of a June morning, Coast Guard Cutter Block Island was underway off the coast of North Carolina rounding the historically perilous waters off Cape Hatteras, an area frequently referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” […]


Saved by the jacket

Saved by the jacket: John Pine

In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week 2012 we will be featuring first-person accounts of those who survived an accident on the water. Today’s story comes from a sailor who fell off his sailboat not once, but twice. We are […]