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  • Norfolk to Bermuda 
    115° True, 650 nautical miles
    1999 Cruises

    Island Packet 40
    Island Packet 40
    Teal Monday
    Island Packet 38
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    to Bermuda Reports

    Introduction, May 21, 1999

         The Maryland School of Sailing is using three Island Packet sailing yachts this year for its Bermuda Ocean Training Cruises. There  will be a total of 48 student crew on board from all over the US, Canada, Mexico, and Italy. With four student crew and two instructors per boat,  each boat will make two round trips to Bermuda.  Each leg will be a separate training cruise.

         Captain Tom Tursi, head instructor for the MD School of Sailing,  left Spring Cove Marina in Rock Hall, MD on  Friday, May 21, 1999 aboard DREAM CATCHER, an IP 40.  Eric Petterson , one of our offshore graduates, was on board to lend his able assistance in delivering the boat to Taylorís Landing Marina in Little Creek Harbor, Norfolk, VA .  They arrived in Norfolk on May 22, 1999. DREAM CATCHER is one of three boats that the MD School of Sailing is using for their Bermuda Ocean Training Cruises this year. 

         Captain David Appleton arrived in Gwynn, VA on May 21, 1999 to board  TEAL MONDAY, an IP 38.  He was joined by student crew members Ed Kalinka from Troy, MI and Steve Crane from Elm Grove, WI
    who were on board to help Dave deliver the boat to Norfolk.  After thoroughly inspecting the boat, they left on Sunday, May 23, 1999.  They  spent some time in Norfolk and arrived at Taylors Landing Marina on Monday afternoon. 

         Captain Jeff Papps arrived in Norfolk Sunday night, and he and Tom drove to VA Beach to inspect ENCHANTMENT, an IP 40.  They returned the next day to deliver the boat to Taylors Landing Marina. A forty knot front went through during the delivery, affording an opportunity to check out ENCHANTMENT under heavy weather conditions.

        Our Captains this year are David Appleton, Jeff Papps, Guy Grant, and Jack Morton.  Navigators are James Bortnem, Dr. Lee Tucker,  W.C. Holmes,  Jerry Nigro, & Mike McGovern.  Head Instructor, Tom Tursi,  is our back-up captain in case one of our captains is disabled due to injury. Tom will be sailing as navigator on the first outbound trip on DREAMCATCHER and on the first return trip on ENCHANTMENT.

         The rest of the student crew for the three boats arrived on May 25th and 26th to begin final preparations in readying the boats for an ocean voyage.  The crew worked on sea anchor set-ups, trisails, and other ocean equipment requirements along with doing a complete inventory of the equipment on each boat.  After two days of intensive offshore preparation training, the boats departed Norfolk on Friday, May 28th.  They will arrive in Bermuda on 
    June 2, 1999.

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