The two days that stick out the most to me were the times I stood as watch captain, or the highest ranking cadet, for the day. Before the trip even started, I did a tremendous amount of planning. The first leg I was responsible for took us from Block Island, Rhode Island, to Menemsha, on Martha's Vineyard. While the rest of the crew was on liberty, I spent my evening pouring over NOAA charts and selecting the best route. I had Eldridge open for tidal information and the WX channel was on the radio. The next morning, I briefed the crew and our safety officer on what I had in mind-I planned to take us south of Block, breaking from the other boats, and head northeast to the Chop so as to maximize our time under sail.