2008 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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Course: ASA 104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising 
Date: June 4-11, 2008
Vessel: IP-32 ACADAME
Students: Marry Burrows, Claire Moore, Ray Bowles, Yuri Bartz
Captain: Keith Jackson

June 4
After a brief discussion at the dock going over safety, we dropped lines and went out to challenge the weather, which did not come until 1600.  We practiced standing turns, steering compass course, tacking, gybes, man overboard, and heaving to.  We docked at 1600 just ahead of severe storm.  Planned trip and provisions.  

June 5
After provisioning and inspecting the boat, we left Lankford for Annapolis.  Light air meant motoring most of the way.  Picked up a mooring ball in Annapolis Harbor and had a great evening.  

June 6, 2008
We spent the early morning with breakfast and class onboard the boat.  Took showers ashore after taking a water taxi to shore.  Departed at 1100 for St. Michaelís.  Enroute we called the museum and were told that dockage space was not available, so we detoured to Knappís Narrows which the students thought was great.  Had supper on board and more studying. 

June 7, 2008
Took in our lines at Knappís Narrows after a great evening, t went through the bridge and out the east side enroute to Solomons Island; sailed in heavy fog for three hours.  In the late afternoon we were able to sail in light air for a few more hours, but made little way.  Arrived at Solomons at 1800 hours.  

June 8, 2008
The crew replaced the fresh water pump in the morning.  We also fueled up and pumped out before returning to Knappís Narrows.  We had no wind the entire trip.  The students did all the navigating and did a grand job of it.  We arrived at the dock at 1700.  

June 9, 2008
We filled up the fresh water tank and headed out, taking in lines at 1000 on way to the Sassafras River by way of the Baltimore Channel.  Stopped by and took photos of all the lighthouses along the way. Tried several times to sail but really did not get a steady breeze until 1700; had great sailing until 2230 and then got stopped by the USCG for a safety check.  Dropped the anchor at 2400.  

June 10, 2008
Raised anchor at 0600 to return to Lankford Bay; concerned about the weather forecast.  There was no wind at all so we motored the whole way.  Students continued to do well with navigating.  Docked at 1300 in very heavy heat.  

June 11, 2008
Students took their ASA104 test, and all passed.  Spent remainder of day with docking practice.  Pumped out the holding tank and filled fuel tank with 6.9 gallons of fuel... Great class!

Captain Keith Jackson
Aboard IP-32 ACADAME

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