Naval academy sailing squadron expected to dock in Charleston

Published: Jun. 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Cadets from the U.S. Naval Academy are expected to arrive in Charleston on four 44-foot sail training vessels Friday evening.

Latest reports state that the crafts are slated to sail in at the Charleston Maritime Center on 10 Wharfside Drive.

The midshipmen are sailing from Annapolis, Md., and are participating in an offshore professional development program designed to provide experience in navigation, seamanship and small unit leadership responsibilities.

Three crafts are planned to be docked at the Charleston Maritime Center and one craft will dock at Patriots Point. Tours will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The crafts are the latest of four generations of one-design offshore cruiser-racers authorized for the training of the sailors.

Officials with the United States Naval Academy say midshipmen began sailing in a fleet of identical 44-foot wooden yawls at the end of World War II.

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