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Course Advanced Coastal Cruising; DELMARVA Circumnavigation
Date June 7-14, 2002
Vessel IP350 RESULTS
Students: John Carleton, Brian & Kerry Dolan, Mike Malloy
Captain: Joe Kliment

June 7,  Friday
We boarded RESULTS & familiarized ourselves with the ship and each other before provisioning. We discussed the intended course and each student was assigned specific responsibilities. A great dinner at Waterman’s was a relaxing finale to a busy day.

June 8, Saturday
After checking boat systems, John took the helm and we motored out of Swan Creek to the channel and headed North up Chesapeake Bay. Each student took a turn at the helm and experienced large vessel traffic as we motor sailed in light winds to Chesapeake City at the north end of the bay. Mike did a fine job bringing us in to the fuel dock at Schaefer’s before we crossed the C&D canal to drop anchor in Engineers Cove. A water taxi from The Chesapeake Inn took us in to a fine dinner ashore.

June 9, Sunday
We departed Chesapeake City very early to transit the canal with the current and motored toward the Delaware Bay. We followed a 4 hr. watch schedule, with two students standing each watch under my watchful eye. We motor sailed down Delaware Bay passing Cape Henlopen at dusk, and, with a beautiful sunset and light winds, entered the Atlantic Ocean. With wind on the nose, we tacked our way South through the night in medium seas.

June 10, Monday
A beautiful sunrise was followed by a hearty breakfast as we continued to sail and motor sail toward Cape Henry with calm seas and light winds. Our ocean navigation was very important at this point in order to make a successful land fall and entrance to Chesapeake Bay, and each student practiced their navigation skills. The weather was good and the trip pleasant, as we observed dolphins, coastal traffic and fisherman.

June 11, Tuesday
Another beautiful day on the water, rounding Cape Henry to enter the Chesapeake Bay. Our navigators had successfully directed us into the southern channel to Little Creek, VA.
John brought us in to the fuel dock at Taylor’s Landing Marina. We fueled up, pumped out and re-provisioned. Brian docked RESULTS in the slip. The swimming pool and restaurant were the highlight of the landing!

June 12, Wednesday
Leaving Little Creek after breakfast with Kerry at the helm, we headed up the bay. The crew decided to run around the clock to gain night transit experience in the Chesapeake, heading to Annapolis. Man Overboard practice provided some excitement during this long run. Mike prepared a great taco dinner as we rigged the boat to prepare for possible thunderstorms.

June 13, Thursday
Arriving in Annapolis at noon after a morning of fog, Mike docked RESULTS on “Ego Alley."
Mike and Brian took their ASA exams and we all enjoyed shore leave again. Rain dampened our evening and we turned in early.

 June 14, Friday
Departing Annapolis after a late breakfast, Brian pulled away from the dock and we headed up the Bay toward Swan Creek. The students experienced more fog and wet weather.  Each student practiced additional docking at Gratitude, then we fueled up and pumping out at Harbor Haven. The class had safely completed the 400 mile circumnavigation when Kerry docked at Spring Cove at 3 pm. We all cleaned RESULTS, then Mike and Brian received their ASA certificates and we headed home.

Captain Joe Kliment
Rock Hall, MD
June 15, 2002

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