In addition to showing the Middies ship handling, they also were taught the intricacies of sailing. I didn’t teach this, (though I could have) but they were taught by senior cadets. In addition, the academy had several sailing yachts and the cadets were encouraged to sail in various regattas around the East Coast.
I was fortunate in having the job of towing some of the yachts up the Chesapeake, through the Delaware Canal, then up to New York where they were to take part in a race. I don’t remember how they made out, though, as we had already returned to our duties and spent time shepherding them on the bay.