The DELMARVA Circumnavigation is a challenging 400 mile, eight day cruise of Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and the coastal Atlantic Ocean up to 50 miles offshore for ASA106 certification and for those experienced sailors wishing to venture offshore on an overnight passage. This cruise is conducted on our Island Packet IP40 ocean sailing yacht.
A Professional US Coast Guard Licensed Captain with ASA Instructor Certifications will skipper this training cruise. Dates listed below include a one day preparatory seminar on the boat for the entire crew that you'll be sailing with.
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Our DELMARVA Training Cruise is a 400 mile, seven day cruise around the
Delaware-Maryland-Virginia peninsula which separates to Atlantic Ocean
from the Chesapeake Bay. This is a challenging, advanced coastal cruise, half in the ocean and half in the bay, sailing round-the-clock on the ocean
leg, day and night, with rotating watches, cat naps, a variety of weather
conditions, restricted visibility, safety harnesses, foul weather gear,
ship traffic, radio contact, navigational challenges, landfall, port entry
and much more.
Crew includes our Captain and five student crewmembers each with basic and intermediate sailing experience on sailing yachts.
On the first day all crewmembers will participate in a thorough inspection of the yacht and equipment, review heavy weather, safety and emergency procedures and equipment, purchase food provisions, stow gear, review navigation and watchkeeping plans, and complete readiness for sea checkoffs.
On the second day we depart our homeport, Osprey Point Marina, head north up Chesapeake Bay with an overnight stop at Harbor North Marina on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Then down Delaware Bay, round Cape Henlopen into the Atlantic Ocean, and a turn south down the coast. We’ll sail round the clock anywhere from 10 to 50 miles offshore depending on weather, and reenter Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles proceeding to a marina for R & R after the long overnight cruise.
Then we'll sail north up Chesapeake Bay making a couple of overnight anchorages, of if the weather is right and crew willing, we might do an overnight sail up the bay with a destination of Annapolis.