AmericaOne San Pedro Chronicles:
The Wettest Job on the Water - And the Best View
SAN PEDRO, CA - August 18, 1999 - Training has started in San Pedro and will continue until the end of August. For daily reports on activities ashore and afloat, visit this site daily for news, commentary and photographs.
Daily Report, August 18, 1999
The four-person tender driving crew is made up of Don, the boss, and the other three of us, Will, Chris, and Anne. We are the people that follow the sailboats around and help out when needed in other areas. This morning we got to the base around 7:30 AM and started the normal routine. The normal routine includes filling the tubes of the rubber boats with air, checking engine fluids, and turning on the engines to warm them up. This morning was a "fuel-up" day so we proceeded to the gas dock to get diesel. Back at the base we assisted in helping the sailors in lowering the sailboats into the water, loading the sails, and other prepatory work.
Our main job of the day was to tow the sailboats out of the basin and out to the ocean. Once the sailors got the mains up then we let go of the tow lines and followed the sailboats the rest of the way out. The remainder of the day we followed the sailboats as an emergency back-up in case of any problems. We also transported people and sails to the different boats.
At the end of the practice day we hooked the tows back up the the sailboats and pulled them back into the basin. We washed down all the boats and put all gear away to get ready for the next work day. We probably have one of the wettest jobs on the water but it is great to watch the sailboats in action and be part of the AmericaOne Team.
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