Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
|Course: Offshore Passage Making,
Norfolk to Bermuda
26-June 2, 2002
Vessel: IP40 ENCHANTMENT
Oliver, Paul Rosenberg, Donald Steinbrecher and
First Mate: Mike
Captain: Jeff Troeltzsch
boarded ENCHANTMENT, an Island Packet 40 foot sailing yacht in
Little Creek, VA on Sunday, May 23rd; she had just arrived there from an
intermediate coastal training cruise down Chesapeake Bay from Rock Hall, MD. I
inspected her thoroughly in preparation for our upcoming cruise to Bermuda, and,
except for a few minor exceptions, found her to be in great shape for an ocean
Norfolk to Bermuda crewmembers arrived at various times on May 25th, including
First Mate Mike McGovern and Student Crewmembers George Oliver, Paul Rosenberg,
Donald Steinbrecher and Michael Ziaylek. On May 26 & 27 we conducted
pre-departure training and inspections. We thoroughly inspected the entire yacht
from stem to stern and to the masthead, including below decks; we went over
every piece of equipment, all tools and spare parts; all procedures, both
routine and emergency. We rigged the storm trisail, boom crutch, sea anchor,
mainsail, genoa and staysail. We did a complete walkthrough of abandon ship and
man overboard procedures. And, by the end of the second day, found that we
thoroughly knew the boat, equipment, procedures and, importantly, each other.
0800: Departed Little Creek Harbor. Clear with Virginia Pilots. Set course of
115 degrees True for Bermuda; winds light; motorsailing. Scrapple for breakfast;
discussed “what’s in this stuff?”
1500: Conducted Man over-board drill under power to recover a plastic milk
carton floating by the boat; all crew participated; recovery time 2 minutes.
1900: Caught a17 pound Albacore Tuna on hand line using white and red plug.
Cooked and eaten immediately with lemon and dill…Yummy.
1400: The wind has gone forward and increased to 20 knots, wave height 5-8 ft.
Reefed main 15%, full jib to provide drive. Helm instructions are to steer “up
and over” to gain the benefit of lift at the top of each wave and to
accelerate down the back. Leeway is reduced and result is higher faster line
increasing velocity made good (VMG) to destination.
0530: In the gulf
steam water temp is 81 degrees F. Nearly full moon is setting while sun is
rising. A pod of Humpback whales are spotted breaching 300 yards a beam.
0900: A large group of White Sided dolphin spend several hours jumping and
playing in the eddy on the bow. One jumps 15 feet out of the water and does a
back flip, several of the crew agree the dolphin smiled at us at the top of its
2100: Great night sky using Venus and Saturn at the stern to aid helm steer,
cloud cover to the east.
0645: Very interesting weather pattern has developed. To the north high pressure
with cooler air and cirrus feather clouds; to the south warm air mass with lots
of cumulus clouds; wave pattern is from two directions crossing NE and S.
We take a less favored tack to stay along a narrow pressure gradient.
1200: Flop tacks results in 65 degree apparent wind angle; sailing at the mark
with 100% VMG. Remain in the wind
slot for 6 hrs making better than 6.5 knots COG.
For several hours find a cool water thermal that gives a kick of .8 knot
to the mark.
1700: Popcorn squalls developing; several course changes keep us dry. Sight
several willy-waas (tornados) 3nm, 40 degrees off port quarter.
2000: Cooling night air dissipates cumulus clouds; low drifting fog cover
develops; visibility under 1 mile; put extra crew member on deck as look out.
0930: Great day for sun sites. Everyone takes several sites for comparison;
within 7 nm accuracy.
1100: Bottle Nose dolphins play
around the boat. See the first Bermuda Longtail
1200: Approaching Bermuda; take north route; use hand bearing compass
triangulation on light towers for piloting.
2200: Arrive at Bermuda outer sea buoy SB-MO(A); contact Bermuda Radio and
advise will hove-to 2 nm SE of sea buoy for first light entry.
0600: Slack high tide; enter the Town Cut, St. Georges Bermuda Harbor; proceed
to custom-immigration pier. Bernie, the emeritus dock master greets us with a
hug and a smile.
0900: Clear customs and proceed to Captain Smokes Marina; tie up stern-to in Med
to Bermuda synopsis: Rhumbline distance: 657nm. Distance sailed: 743 nm. Time on
course: 142 hrs. Average speed: 125 NM per day.
S/V ENCHANTMENT, IP40
St Georges Harbour, Bermuda
June 4, 2002
to Ocean Reports
Return to Home