2004 DELMARVA Reports
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
students were also contacted before departure by Captain Andy Prescott to
discuss expectations; needed equipment and clothing; and any special menu or
other requirements. Brian Tissot and Mike Wansbrough both from the Toronto area
had completed ASA 101 through 104 and were looking for a taste of offshore while
pursuing 105 and 106. Cliff Selover from New York who has a Pearson 30 on the
Hudson was looking forward to sailing at night. Nils Pearson was on sabbatical
from his rigorous engineering job and looked forward to circumnavigating the
Delmarva Peninsula. Rich DeBella, a licensed Captain and experienced sailor was
looking for a new challenge.
responsibilities for the week were assigned and discussed with each person being
given the opportunity to serve for at least a 24 hour period as Student Skipper,
Navigator / Radar person, Engineer, Cook, and Deckhand.
very informative day and a run to West Marine, we shopped for provisions at
Bayside Market and gathered for an excellent dinner at Bay Wolf.
headed up the Bay and as darkness fell the weather went from bad to worse. We
were catching the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne which included heavy blinding
rain and winds with gusts to 45 knots along with steep waves. With the radar on
we communicated with several passing tugs and tows. Nils intently kept us on
course while Cliff, Mike, Brian and Rich took turns testing their foul weather
gear at the helm. Dinty Moore kept our bodies warm. Eventually the wind and rain
eased as we slipped into the C&D Canal. Finally, thanks to great team work,
at 2300 we arrived at Chesapeake City; just in time too as it was “last
call” at Schaffer’s. We celebrated the day’s accomplishments which
included Mike and Brian passing 105!
darkness fell the excitement was high crossing the COLREGS Demarcation Line out
into the Atlantic. The ships and tugs and tows seemed to be everywhere as a
variety of lateral navigation aids pulsed their lights in red, green and white
providing a variety of navigational challenges. Using a modified Swedish watch
allowed each two person team to enjoy their nighttime three hour watch while
others “hot bunked” below in the comfort of the hammock-like lee clothes.
Halimeda rhythmically rode the waves at seven knots.
the afternoon it was time to motor sail as we enjoyed the company of several
groups of dolphins who frolicked in our wake while a variety of birds flew
overhead. Time was taken to review a variety of 106 topics such as sail shape,
apparent wind, center of effort, and weather.
planned our landfall arrival and soon we entered Thimble Shoal Channel. Rich
brought us sharply across the tunnel past four hovercrafts as we systematically
“hunted” for the entrance to Little Creek.
2100 we were greeted at Taylor’s Landing by Cliff’s sister Ellen and friend.
They joined us for a “broccoli” dinner ashore. Showers on land were enjoyed
by all before an exhausted crew slept most soundly.
along we completed a text book review before Brian and Mike began and passed
their 106 written exams. Rich directed the crew through properly negotiating the
tricky entrance to Tangiers Island. Brian was adept as skipper having to make a
variety of last minute decisions. Soon we were on the T-dock at Park’s Marina
listening to Dock master Milton – an old salt who engaged us in vivid
descriptions of Tilghman and his adventures at se
ducked golf carts and bicycles – the islands primary means of transportation -
as we walked about the island which seemed frozen in a 1950’s time warp. Nils
cooked up a storm in the galley allowing us to feast on an excellent lasagna
again the Wind Gods were with us growing to 15 knots from a variety of
directions allowing us to sail different points of sail. Abandon ship drills
were practiced and the benefits of having a collision blanket on board were
skillfully navigated skipper Nils into Solomon’s and up Back Creek to
Zahniser’s Marina where we parallel parked between two very large yachts. We
celebrated the days sail with a walk to town and an excellent dinner at the
packing, Halimeda was spit shinned before all said their good-byes. Clearly an
adventurous group who preformed outstandingly well - Mother Nature had given
them a good taste of what she and a DELMARVA cruise have to offer aboard HALIMEDA.