Maine Maritime Academy Cadets Set Sail Aboard State of Maine 

Proudly raising a sign to wish his son well, Rob Ramsay says he’s filled with pride when he looks at his son Ryan, a Freshman at Maine Maritime Academy.Ryan joins more than two hundred other cadets on the training cruise.”For him to be doing what he’s done has made me understand he put a goal in front of himself and he’s obtained it,” Rob said.The cadets boarded “the State of Maine” in Castine Harbor while their families waved goodbye on shore.They will spend two months in various countries, working with a Belfast-based organization to launch small GPS equipped sailboats at several locations.Onboard the ship, the cadets called and text messaged their families to say their final goodbyes.”It’s a sad thing but in a sense I feel an opening door for him,” Rob said.”It’s still bittersweet I’m excited for him but it’s always sad to say goodbye,” said Sara Perry.Perry and her high school friend Linda Blaeis said goodbye to their boys Oliver and John for the second time.While they admit it doesn’t get easier, their sons have both accomplished so much during their time at MMA and that trumps any feeling of sadness.”Yeah I think my son has made great strides and it just took him a while to go this route he’s going to have a great life,” Linda said.The cadets are set to return in June.