2002 DELMARVA Reports
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
6/21/02: Student Arrival Day – Our
crew for this cruise included Robert
“Bob” Bero, Robert “Robert” Krasowski, Steven “Steve” Schrenzec,
Bruce “Bruce” Olson and Merrilin “Lin” Olson. By 0900 everyone had arrived aboard Enchantment
except Steve who had been “on call” and was en-route with an expected
arrival time of around noon. Meanwhile
everyone else went through introductions and expectations.
We discussed the items that are covered in the school's Offshore Training
manual. Assignments were made as
follows: Bob as engineer (he has an IP40 so he was the most familiar with the
nuances of the boat); Robert as navigator, Bruce and Steve as Bosuns, and Lin as
Emergency coordinator. After lunch
we went though the various duties of the Offshore Training Manual, checked out
the boat, inventoried on-board food and developed a provisions list.
Off to the market for food. Boy,
can these guys shop! Bruce and
Robert are assigned as Capt. and Navigator for tomorrows passage so they start
developing route and departure schedules. Food
is stored and then it's off to Waterman's for a hard earned dinner.
6/22/02: 0530 – Up for departure.
By 0730 we are actually underway (we are going to have to move more
swiftly in the morning!). The winds are SW 5-10 knots so we start out under sail.
We discuss weather and clouds, rules of the road, lights, signals, and of
course, navigation. The wind diminishes and soon we are motor sailing then
motoring. MOB drills are performed.
1715 has the anchor down at Chesapeake City.
Discussed tides and currents using the available documentation.
Bob and Steve are the Captain and Navigator for tomorrow's journey so
they start figuring out when we need to leave.
Dinner, relaxation, then to bed for tomorrow comes early.
6/23/02: Well… not all that early. 0700
find us underway for the Delaware Bay. By
0815 we are at the Delaware River, right on schedule (despite the fudge factor). We start down the river to the bay with winds S 5-10 Kts.
Right on our nose! We pass several ships and tugs with barges, noting their day
shapes, lights, and of course, their speed.
We arrive at the COLREGS demarcation line at 1715 using the Red 8 as our
fix for our DR. The winds have
shifted to the SE 10-15 Kts so we have an excellent start with all sails up and
a course of 160 degrees. The wind
is projected to shift more Westerly as the night progress.
And so it does… to the South. Again
right on our nose!
6/24/02: Ron and Lin are Captain and
Navigator for the day. 0000 –
After several tacks, which appear to be getting us no closer to our desired
destination, we decide to stay on 160 degrees through the night. 0700 Tack to 320 degrees… we are not exactly making very
good progress to the Chesapeake. The
winds die down but they are still from the SSW.
We start motor sailing. 1100
– tack to 175 degrees. We check
our DR plot and have a discussion on our game plan.
As much as we would like to stay out here and sail our course, it becomes
pretty apparent, especially with the light winds that we are never going to get
to the Chesapeake at this rate! 1300
– tack to 235 degrees and motor sail. During this we are going over abandon ship procedures,
practicing some sun shots, updating our DR, and determining our expected ETA to
the Chesapeake. Further discussion
about our projected itinerary finds us with the following: motor sail to the Chesapeake, and progress up the bay to
Solomon’s Island. 1530 – we are
approached by the Coast Guard and advised that we have entered a NASA missile
test area. We break out the GPS to
get a fix and contact NASA for permission to transit the site.
Permission granted so we continue onward to the Chesapeake.
6/25/02: Bruce and Robert are Captain
and Navigator for the day. 0000 –
Course is 235 degrees and we can see Cape Charles light.
0200 – Crossed the COLREG boundary.
0340 – we are going under the Chesapeake Tunnel Bridge east span on a
course of 335. The winds have come
up again and are now blowing 10-15 knots from the SW. We are sailing again! Unfortunately
by 0900 with winds have again gone light and we are back to motor sailing.
We perform navigation exercises to keep track of our progress and keep
our ETA updated. 1815 – we tie up
at Zahniser’s Marina. We have
traveled 2 ˝ days without stopping. For
the crew this is awesome! Now for
some shore side dinning. We have a
long day tomorrow. Bob and Steve do
the route planning for tomorrow’s sail.
6/26/02: Bob and Steve are Captain and
Navigator. 1010 – we depart
Zahnizer’s Marina for the Eastern Bay. Winds
are SW 10-15 knots. We have a slow
start getting out of the Patauxent but then the sailing was absolutely great.
Again, navigation exercises, charts, and a demonstration of heaving to.
We sailed into Shaw Bay on the Wye River and anchored under sail.
We also had a demonstration on what it looks like to drag at anchor.
2030 - We re-anchored then had dinner.
Hoisted anchor at 2130 to practice night MOB exercises. Re-anchored as 2320. Another
satisfying day comes to a close.
6/27/02: Lin and Ron are Captain and
Navigator. 0930 – Underway for
St. Michaels. Wind S 5-10 knots.
We sailed out of the Bay and tacked out the Wye River.
1200 finds us at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Tied up and held exam review then everyone went out to see the sights. A nice relaxing day followed by an excellent meal.
6/28/02: Robert and Bruce are Captain
and Navigator. 0700 – Underway
for Rock Hall. Winds continue to be
out of the SSW at 10 knots. We
review bridge procedures and the publications to find the hours of operation and
any special considerations. 0930
– we are proceeding through Kent Narrows.
1130 – we are at the practice dock for some docking practice.
1230 – refuel and pump out. 1315
– We are back at Spring Cove. Cleaned
out the boat and had some group pictures. Another
successful DELMARVA circumnavigation is complete with a total distance of 530
Capt. Ron McKie