2001 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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Course:      ASA 104 Chesapeake Bay Intermediate Coastal Cruise
Date:          May 29-June 2, 2001
Vessel:       IP350 RESULTS
Students:    Clyde Kunst, Jack Townsend
Captain:     Craig Bilodeau

Tuesday, May 29: Jack Townsend, Clyde Kunst, & Captain Craig Bilodeau met aboard RESULTS, an Island Packet 350 to prepare for a five day intermediate coastal training cruise to various ports in Chesapeake Bay. We reviewed the cruise plan, inspected the boat and equipment, purchased food provisions, checked the weather reports, and reviewed the detailed navigation plan. About 1300 hours we set sail from Rock Hall for Annapolis and this 15 mile trip was about right for the first day of the cruise. We picked up a mooring on Spa Creek and took a water taxi to shore to eat dinner at an Italian restaurant then returned to the boat for an enjoyable sleep in the peaceful surroundings of this quite anchorage. 

Wednesday, May 30: Dawn came with 15-20 knot winds from the north as a frontal system passed through our area. The north winds made our SE course to St. Michaels an easy downhill run. We anchored on the way for a lunch break, arrived in St. Michaels in late afternoon, secured a slip and took showers. Dinner was great at the Crab Claw restaurant. 

Thursday, May 31: Wind were very light so we motored and used the straight course lines to practice our coastal navigation skills and ended up in the Magothy River with a perfect anchoring spot next to Dobbins Island. I swam ashore to explore the local scenery. We cooked dinner onboard and again enjoyed the peacefulness of a quiet anchorage. 

Friday, June 1: With good winds, we again had a great sail back to Swan Creek after covering 112 miles logged for the trip with most of this under sail. 

Saturday, June 2: We headed for Spring Cove Marina and our home slip; did a final review of lessons, took the written exams, cleaned up the boat and were very happy with completion of an enjoyable and instructive cruise. 

Captain Craig Bilodeau
aboard S/V RESULTS, IP350
Spring Cove Marina, Rock Hall, MD
June 2, 2001

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