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Course Advanced Coastal Cruising; DELMARVA Circumnavigation
Date June 21-28, 2002
Students: Robert Bero, Robert Krasowski, Bruce & Merrilin Olson, Steven Schrenzec,
Captain: Ron McKie

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 miles.

Capt. Ron McKie
Rock Hall, MD
June 28, 2002

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