2005 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Wednesday, July 27: We
gathered for an overview of the 8 day cruising course, then established area
limits for the sail - central Chesapeake, Rock Hall, Solomon's Island.
Ports of call would be established on a day by day basis depending on
weather and distances. After we checked all boat systems and provisioned, we
plotted a DR course for Baltimore, and departed at 13:00.
The very hot day, relieved some by a light westerly, let us motorsail to
Inner Harbor where we were greeted by a spectacular thunderstorm with nice
refreshing rain and winds to 35 knots. It was a pleasant tour around the harbor
while we waited for the winds to ease, then we docked at Inner Harbor East for
the night. All showered and headed for dinner in town except Andrew- he decided
that the “Duran-Duran” concert at Pier 7 was more to his liking than simple
Thursday, July 28: Annapolis
was chosen for the next port. Set
up a DR course for the trip. More precise navigation was the order of the day.
Weather was delightful, but light winds required us to motorsail most of the
way. Grabbed a mooring off City
Dock in Annapolis, hit the showers, dinner at McGarveys Pub, and finished off
the day with some Gelato at the Italian Café.
Friday, July 29: Sailed
down the Chesapeake to an anchorage in the Rhodes River. Winds were sufficient
to do some maneuvers including MOB drills.
Spent a quiet night on the hook after devouring chicken prepared on the
Saturday, July 30: Students
took the ASA 103 test; all passed. Winds out of the south at 8-12 knots provided us with a
pleasant sail to St. Michaels. Students
really learned a lot about navigation and estimating tacking angles to optimize
the track across the Chesapeake Bay, up
Eastern Bay, and into the Miles river to St. Michaels.
Many fixes, estimated positions and DR were the order of the day.
Pleasant stay at St. Michaels Marina after a great shoe-horn docking by
the students. Showers and
dinner ashore, then hit the sack.
Sunday, July 31: St.
Michaels to the Wye River anchorage was the plan for the day. Sailing exercises
off the Wye River entrance, then a long cruise up the Wye to stare at beautiful
mansions lining the shore. Anchored
in Shaw Bay, cooked up another great BBQ feast. A clear night sky let us try to
find key stars and constellations. Went
on with much intensity and fun late into the night.
Monday, August 1: Light
winds dictated a mostly motor sailing day.
Students chose a revisit to Annapolis as the objective. A route was
plotted there via Kent Narrows to give all a chance to experience calling the
drawbridge, holding steady at the approach until the bridge opened, and then
steering through the narrow slot after the draw was open.
Lots of careful chart reading and course plotting on this leg. Moored in
Annapolis and again went ashore for showers, some more provisioning, and dinner.
Tuesday, August 2: Light
following winds and a good motor took use from Annapolis to Rock Hall.
Navigation was straight forward now that the navigation skills were
really sinking in. Followed a 600
foot freighter through the Bay Bridge. Docked at home slip and dispersed for the
Wednesday, August 3: Review of course, then the ASA 104 test; all passed. Spent some time sailing and reviewing maneuvers, then refueled, pumped out, and closed up the vessel. Graduation was informal (no caps and gowns). Students were very satisfied after the 8 day adventure. They now feel confident that they can navigate in unfamiliar waters, locate and dock at previously unseen marinas and anchorages, and handle the boat with much more skill than before.
Captain Don Kinney