Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
||ASA 104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising
||September 14-21, 2007
||Jay Brin, Paul Gause, Bill
Thursday, Sept 13
Captain Eric Petterson arrived at Lankford Bay Marina on board MOXIE
(an Island Packet 32) to get settled prior to student arrival.
Bill Lovelace arrived at 1330 to take his ASA101 challenge test, which he passed
easily. For dinner Captain Eric and Jay Brin joined with MDS
head instructor Captain David Appleton and MDSchool Manager Rita Hanson at the
Harbor Shack. Shortly after returning from dinner, Paul Gause arrived
completing the crew roster for the class, and Eric led a discussion of plans
for the week before turning in for the night.
Friday, Sept 14
The day began at the Rock Hall Snack Bar, a local tradition for breakfast.
After breakfast, shopping was completed for provisions and we returned
to the boat to stow our purchases. After a thorough review of boat systems
and rigging and some lessons on anchoring and docking, we departed the
marina at 1300 to commence our cruise. We began by conducting docking
practice in marina slips. At 1500 we motored up Langford Creek to spend
the first night anchored out.
Saturday, Sept 15
At 0720 the crew left the anchorage, stopping briefly at the marina
dock before setting sail down the Chester River. The forecast was for
strong winds behind the passage of a cold front, and it wasn't wrong.
The day started with NW winds at about 15 providing for points of sail to
practice and setting of a boom preventer line. By the time we reached the
mouth of the Chester River at Chesapeake Bay, the winds had built to 20-25 with
gusts to 30. The weather provided excellent practice in reefing
sails as well as sailing close-hauled in strong winds. Both MOXIE
and the students handled the weather with no problems. As time progressed
the wind eventually dropped to 12-18 for our next leg into the Magothy River,
where we anchored for the night at the north end of Gibson Island just off the
green fields of a horse farm.
Sunday, Sept 16
Morning broke with cool air and lighter winds, NNE at 8-12. We
weighed anchor at 0900 and set sail for Annapolis, arriving at 1330 after a
pleasant sail and took a mooring in Annapolis Harbor. Captain Eric held a
Q&A and ASA103 study session, and the students spent the afternoon studying
their texts. After a water taxi ride to town, an excellent dinner was had
at the Federal House.
Monday, Sept 17
First thing in the morning, both Paul and Bill took their 103 tests and both
passed. The crew then dropped off the mooring to motor over to the pumpout
dock at Annapolis City Marina, before setting sail to the Rhode River. The
winds were even lighter this day at NE 5-10, so the sail was peaceful, with
timeout taken underway to practice man-overboard maneuvers. Finally
the anchor was down and set at 1500, after which Captain Eric held a session on
Tuesday, Sept 18
Anchor up this morning at a bright and early 0730 to set sail to scenic
Dividing Creek off the Wye East River. Winds were NE 9-13, which was just
enough to push Moxie comfortably along. Sailing up the Easter Bay
presented nearly perfect conditions for tacking close hauled and creating
challenging navigational exercises to determine our position for tacks.
Lines-of-positions, dead reckoning, and depth soundings were the
navigational tools of finding out position since GPS was not used for any part
of this week's navigation. As the crew approached the Wye River, sails
were dropped and we motored upstream to Dividing Creek to anchor at 1430 between
picturesque banks of tall overhanging trees. After relaxing and
enjoying the scenery, students studied, and after dinner Captain Eric held a
Q&A and study session for ASA104 subjects.
Wednesday, Sept 19
First thing in the morning Captain Eric held a review of engine operation and
troubleshooting. We weighed anchor at 1030 and motored back down the Wye
and into the Miles River for the short trip to St. Michaels and the Chesapeake
Bay Maritime Museum. After stopping at the pumpout dock the crew put MOXIE into
a slip at the Museum, completing the tie-up at 1430. Students spent
the afternoon studying followed by dinner at the Crab Claw Restaurant.
Thursday, Sept 20
At 0900 we were again underway and headed toward Kent Narrows, this time
under motor in very light winds from the east at 2-5. Making the VHF
radio call to the drawbridge to request an opening and then passing through at
1200 was a fun challenge for the students, as was negotiating the
shallow waters of the Narrows. Once through we motored to the Corsica
River where we dropped anchor at 1530. All three students then took their
ASA104 tests and all passed.
Friday, Sept 21
For the last time of this class, the anchor was raised at 0830.
The short trip back to Lankford Bay Marina was under motor in virtually calm
air. At the marina students completed our last pumpout and conduct
some additional docking maneuvers. Finally MOXIE was
returned to her slip at 1200 after logging 133 nautical miles for the week.
Captain Eric Petterson
Aboard S/V MOXIE
Lankford Bay Marina
September 21, 2007
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