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Ocean Training Cruises
||ASA 104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising
||Brian Connel, Douglas Campbell, Rita
The whole crew arrived yesterday. After a breakfast in Rock Hall, two crewmembers picked up
provisions that had been agreed upon. Once
provisions were stowed away, we reviewed course requirements, safety,
navigation, and boat layout. Had
lunch and then reviewed the rules of the road, power maneuvering, and our cruise
plan. At 1430, departed the slip
and practiced docking and picked up a mooring while towing a dinghy.
Enroute to anchorage in Corsica River we reviewed tacking, sail trim,
rules of road, heaving to and reefing. Anchored
just beyond red buoy 4.
At 0845 we weighed anchor, and the whole crew was well rested, fed, and
enthusiastic as we departed the Corsica River.
With light winds we sailed down the Chester River and passed through Kent
Narrows with the current. There
were light winds in Eastern Bay but they built to 10-12 knots for a couple of
hours during the day and we were able to sail and practice man overboard
recovery. Took two-bearing fixes
and compared them with the GPS. Went
into St. Michaels Marina; took showers and went to dinner at Crab Claw.
Walked around town and then returned to the boat for a game of Pig.
Departed St. Michaelís after pump out, filling water tank and getting
additional drinking water and ice. There
were light winds until Tilghman Point then we had a fine close reach down
Eastern Bay to entrance to Poplar Island Narrows.
Again there were only light winds, so we motored down to Knapps Narrows.
Took visual bearing fixes by compass and compared with GPS position; all
were within 0.2 nm. Severe
thunderstorms were forecast in the early evening.
Went through the Narrows and to an anchorage at Dunn Cove off Harris
Creek; several other boats were at anchor there.
All crewmembers did a good job navigating and setting anchor.
After review of the course material, the students took their ASA104
tests; all passed. A weather front
passed in late afternoon with high winds and lightning and, at times, heavy
rain; all was well. After dinner of
Dinty Moore stew, we played Pig again.
After a light breakfast we weighed anchor and got underway.
Winds of 10-15 knots were forecast from the northwest.
After passing through Knappís Bay, which was showing white caps, we had
good sailing on a close hauled course with wind ranging between 8 and 22 knots
throughout the day; reefed and unreefed several times.
Practiced navigation and it took several fixes to confirm our position.
Practiced gybing and heaving to. Encountered
lots of power boats and sailboats, so we used rules of the road frequently and
dodged a tug and barge. Into
Annapolis Harbor we went, and picked up a mooring on first attempt.
After the showers ashore we reviewed the test and everyone passed.
We had dinner at Pussers to celebrate.
We used the dinghy for both trips ashore.
It was a quiet night to prepare for early departure.
Departed anchorage at 0645 with light winds.
Contacted a tug by VHF to confirm intentions and safe passage.
Practiced gybing to catch up with replica sailboat and Saltanta from
Chestertown. We were back to
Lankford Bay Marina by midafternoon. Pumped
out, refueled, and docked with no problem.
Captain Steve Runals
Aboard IP-32 ACADAME
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