2002 DELMARVA Reports
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
On Day One we carefully reviewed and utilized much of this material to examine HALIMEDA and her systems. The team discussed our itinerary and the sailing opportunities that would challenge us. Pre-departure assignments were made for navigator, boatswain, engineer and emergency coordinator. We rigged the storm sail, checked out safety equipment, and the crew carefully hoisted Mike to the top of the mast where he adjusted the wind indicator fly. Watch section assignments were posted and discussed. Daily responsibilities for the week were also assigned with each person being given the opportunity to serve for at least a 24 hour period as Student Skipper, Navigator/Radar person, Engineer, and Deckhand. Each role and the related responsibilities were carefully discussed.
a very informative day we gathered in a local eatery for dinner while discussing
our provisioning needs. A tag team trip to Bayside market had two shopping carts
filled in less than 30 minutes. The October winds of the Bay were calling us as
we fell asleep aboard HALIMEDA’s
John had utilized Reed’s Nautical
Almanac to plan today’s trip around a favorable tide and maximum flood. So
we flew into and along the C&D canal at five knots with HALIMEDA in neutral gear! Of course this same current presented
unique docking challenges which were masterfully met by Skipper Mark as we came
alongside at Schaeffer’s in Chesapeake City.
Dining ashore, John’s wife and mother-law joined us as we watched in awe while several very large ships and barges passed in the canal. This gave us an opportunity to discuss lights and the many rhymes that are used to remember what might be approaching – very important for the next few days.
noon we reached the Delaware and hoisted the sails. However, we were soon
motoring as the winds were far less than predicted. Throughout the trip we would
pass through 18 NOAA weather zones and utilize the on board weather fax for
review and study of weather patterns.
The trip down the River into Delaware Bay presented many opportunities to apply rules of the road. Large ships and barges seemed to be everywhere and we enjoyed talking bridge to bridge with the captains. As darkness fell excitement was high as we crossed the COLREGS Demarcation Line and passed out into the Atlantic. A one pot dinner by John was most enjoyable. Mark, Chuck, and Rene’s dead reckoning skills were put to work.
By late morning we were 50 miles offshore. As we headed Southeasterly toward Norfolk we encountered a naval vessel under maneuvers and Canadian Warship 336 in hot pursuit of a Canadian freighter. We were glued to the VHF like kids to a TV as guns were fired across the freighter’s bow. Clearly some real life excitement was occurring on the high seas! However we never learned to outcome as we soon sailed out of radio and visual range.
As the sun set and the full moon rose over the Atlantic the team planned and executed a perfect Norfolk landfall using fixes, GPS, radar and careful study of the many ship and navigational lights. We docked at Taylor's Landing Marina in Little Creek Harbor where dinner and showers ashore were enjoyed by all!
crew overboard was reviewed and practiced before we negotiated the
navigationally challenging approach to Solomons Island after dark. Again an
excellent team effort led to an error free entrance and perfect docking
maneuvers at Zahnhisers Marina.
were set in the afternoon with time spent talking about the intricacy’s of
sail trim. The crew having come to know each other so well over the past few
days, were by now having great times joking around and creating new weather
terminology such as “zerostratus” clouds.
is always a thrill to pull into Ego Alley and Mark performed with superiority
squeezing HALIMEDA between two yachts. Shore leave found the taverns well checked out and
Faucett’s Marine’s cash register ringing!