2002 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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Course:      ASA 104 Chesapeake Bay Intermediate Coastal Cruise
Date:          July 1-5, 2002
Vessel:       IP40 ENCHANTMENT
Students:    John “Pat” Finn, Bob & Ivy Velte
Captain:     Joe Kliment

July 1, Monday
We boarded ENCHANTMENT & familiarized ourselves with the ship while we got to know each other. The students took inventory onboard and we set off to buy provisions. We discussed the scope of the course, checked boat systems and ate lunch before Pat steered us out of the slip. Departing about 1 pm, we set a course for Dobbins Island and with light winds, sailing most of the way. Bob anchored at 5 pm; Capt. Joe cooked a pasta meal and we spent a quiet night at anchor.

July 2, Tuesday
After hoisting anchor at about 8:30, we departed Dobbins Island and motor sailed in light winds toward Annapolis, following navigator Ivy’s directive. Pat was at the helm when we traversed “Ego Alley” and did a fine job docking. We enjoyed some shore leave and then had a delicious dinner at Pusser’s before retiring for the night.

 July 3, Wednesday
We departed Annapolis following our navigator Bob’s course for St. Michaels, motor sailing due to light winds. The hot weather couldn’t put a damper on our arrival, as Ivy brought us in to the dock at the Maritime Museum. We tied up near 3 skipjacks under renovation. Quite a sight!!  We enjoyed a wonderful meal at The Town Dock Restaurant where the air conditioning was a welcome relief from the heat of the day.

July 4, Thursday
Visiting this historic area on our national holiday was pure pleasure. We departed at 8 am and headed up the Miles River, through Kent Narrows to the Chester River for anchorage at Cacaway Island on Langford Creek. A swim would have been a refreshing escape from the hot weather, but stinging nettles scuttled that plan. Bob and Pat cooked Italian sausages with peppers and onions – UMM GOOD! The students took tests for their ASA 104 certifications while the backdrop of a fireworks display in Chestertown provided a perfect finale to the evening.

July 5, Friday
Another beautiful day on the water, Ivy navigated our course, leaving Cacaway Island and sailing toward our homeport. We enjoyed a strong North wind as we passed Love Point. Our students had become a polished crew and we were sorry our journey was ending. We refueled and pumped out at Haven Harbor. Pat brought ENCHANTMENT into the slip at Spring Cove at noon to complete our cruise. After cleaning up and putting everything in order, the students received their certificates and we headed our separate ways, with great memories of a fun week.

Captain Joe Kliment
Rock Hall, MD
July 7, 2002

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