Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
||ASA 104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising
||October 5-9, 2007
||Forrest Mahon, Dan Barry, Jim Spilbor
At 1330 Captain Steve Runals boarded IP-32 MOXIE
and stowed his personal
gear and later completed a review of the boat’s equipment and systems with
Maintenance Manager Tom Fulton. By 1600 Dan Barry and Jim Spilbor had arrived
and stowed their gear; Forrest would not arrive till the next day.
After stowing gear, we discussed class objectives and developed a
tentative cruise itinerary for the week. Jim then headed off to spend
night with his mother who lived in local area and Dan and I headed into town for
Dan and I met Jim for a traditional Rock Hall breakfast at the Rock Hall Snack
Bar. We then headed back to boat to
await Forrest’s arrival and begin work on a cruise menu. Forrest arrived at 0900 and after stowing his gear, we
reviewed course objectives, conducted a stem-to-stern inspection of boat, its
systems, lockers and rigging followed by a review of navigation charts and
plotting. After finalizing our
cruise plan, we completed our provision list and headed to Bayside Foods for
provisions. Returning to the boat and stowing the provisions and having
lunch, we conducted lessons on maneuvering under power and practiced a variety
of docking and mooring drills while towing the dingy. By 1530 we departed the Marina for an anchorage on the
Corsica River. The forecast light
winds proved a reality allowing limited sailing but a chance to raise and trim
the sails, work on in route navigations skills and review anchoring.
At anchor by 1700 and dinner cooked, eaten and cleaned up before the
heading to bed under a blanket of fog. Prior
to turning in, Dan completed the navigation planning for the next day’s
passage to Wye East River.
After an easy breakfast and boat system
checks, which included cleaning the knot meter, weighed anchor and underway by
0830 for Kent Island Narrows and Wye East River.
Confirmed the bilge pump worked. Forrest
preformed as Captain, Dan as Navigator and Jim as Boatswain.
Fog and haze made keeping an accurate plot of position both a challenge
and essential to make a 1030 bridge opening at the Narrows.
Crew preformed well, taking fixes and confirming their position by GPS
– all were very close - while motor sailing down the Chester River.
Arrived that the Kent Island Narrows bridge, just missing the 1030
opening but had the opportunity to practice holding station against the flooding
tide. Passage thru the bridge was
delayed because a northbound 40 ft sailboat had underestimated the speed of the
flooding current and timing of the bridge opening and had been pinned against
the bridge abutment getting its rigging caught in the bridge lighting.
through the bridge, the trip down Eastern Bay provided multiple opportunities to
practice right-of-way for both power and sail with the crowd of boats head to St
Michaels. The light and variable
wind did fill in for a short time allowing the crew to raise sail, practice
tacking and jibing and conducting MOB exercises.
The light wind gave way to no wind so we motored up the Wye East River to
an anchorage in Quarter Cove by 1530.
Dan, Jim and I used the dingy at various times to explore the area and
take pictures. We had the
opportunity to closely observe rafting up when three large sailboats decided our
anchorage was the place to be. After
an excellent dinner prepared by Forrest, Dan, a professional part time singer
and guitar player, provided some unexpected entertainment. The students spent
the rest of the evening studying for the ASA104 course material.
Awakening to the sounds of hundreds of
geese, the Captain prepared a breakfast of omelets, toast and corn beef hash.
The students then took and passed the 104 test without problem. Light wind again
resulted in motor sailing the 9 miles to St Michaels.
Dan did a great job docking the boat while the remainder of the crew
controlled the dingy and set up dock lines.
Tied up at the Maritime Museum by 1330.
This was the first time at St Michaels for several of the crew so the
remainder of the afternoon was spent taking showers, exploring the museum and
area, and some minor provisioning. After
an excellent dinner at the Crab Claw, the crew spent the night enjoying the area
and planning the next day’s trip to Annapolis.
After a pancake breakfast, we motored over to St Michaels Marina for pump out
and topping off the water. By 0900
we were on our way to Annapolis. Light
winds with sometimes heavy fog and haze made for a long motor sail down Eastern
Bay and across the Chesapeake Bay. It
again emphasized the need for accurate position keeping and provided multiple
opportunities to take and plot fixes using a hand bearing compass.
We also had the opportunity to introduce the students to some advanced
navigation using radar. Once we
arrived in the vicinity of the Thomas Pt Light, the wind finally picked up to
around 10-12 knots providing an opportunity to practice reefing and heaving
into the crowed Annapolis Harbor under sail, dropped sails and picking up one of
the very few empty moorings by 1600. Taking
advantage of Monday being the last day of the Boat Show, we were able to pick up
a mooring right at the head of Ego Alley. After
securing the boat, all went ashore to catch the last hour of the Boat Show.
Later all returned to the boat for a front row seat watching the
choreographed breakdown of the Sail Boat and set up of the Power Boat shows, a
very impressive parade of boats right past our bow.
After a great pasta meal prepared by Dan, several of the crew dingied
ashore to walk around town.
After completing boat and systems check,
departed Annapolis under power with the early morning sun at 0700.
Another light to no wind day made for long motor under the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge and up the Chester River. Forrest
prepared a great omelet breakfast underway. Jim kept an accurate plot of our
position, allowing us to arrive back at Langford Bay Marina as planned by 1300.
Forrest docked us at the pump out, Dan brought us around to the fuel dock
and Jim had us back in the slip by 1330. Boat
clean up and course review followed the crew’s determining fuel consumption at
7 0.45 GPH based on engine hours for the 90 mile trip.
All agreed that, despite the lack of wind and record breaking heat, the
course had accomplished and exceeded all expectations, wetting appetites
aboard IP-32 MOXIE
Lankford Bay Marina
Oct 10, 2007
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