2004 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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Course:      ASA 103-103 Basic & Intermediate Coastal Cruise
Date:          July 18-25, 2004
Vessel:       IP32 MOXIE
Students:    John F. Ficaro, John Christial Ficaro
Captain:     Don Kinney

18 July:  Overview of courses, schedules, trip plans for ports of call…..anchorages and towns.  Inspected boat stem to stern, identifying systems and how they work, and finding out where items are stored. Went to local supermarket to provision for trip and filled the frig with goodies as well as dry storage lockers. Installed repaired Genoa sail on roller furler.  Rained hard all day. 

19 July:  Docking theory and techniques covered on board.  Practiced docking stern-to, standing turns, stopping, turning and backing the heavy single screw Island Packet. Parallel docked at fuel dock for pump out and diesel. Out to sail but absolutely no wind. Continued motoring practice, then back to dock for lectures on points of sail, tacking and jibing, rules of the road, etc.

20 July:  Lectures on man overboard techniques and recovery options, reefing, anchoring. Plotted course to Annapolis, studied chart symbols, and determined distance and time of voyage based on presumed speed of 6 knots.  Windless again, so motored to Annapolis.  Found some usable wind in Severn river, so tacked and jibed for several hours before picking up a mooring off Annapolis city dock.  Took water taxi to town, had some great eats at McGarveys, treated ourselves to gelato ice cream at the Italian specialty store, then back to boat.

21 July:  Tested 101.  Both passed.  Plotted course to Galesville on the West River. Very light winds so motored to West River.  Light winds there were enough to sail a bit; did some man overboard drills.  Then into “Pirates Cove” to a slip for the night. West River Wednesday night races held that evening, with the start line just about 100 feet from our bow.  Spectacular spinnaker start provided a rainbow of colors as the 80 or so racing boats headed out to do battle for a few hours.

22 July: Lectures/review for ASA 103.  Winds S10-15 kts. Sailed from Galesville to St. Michaels with reaches and many tacks on the Miles River.  Lots of DR practice.  Docked in St. Michaels. Toured the village.

23 July: Test ASA 103. Both passed.  Anchored off St. Michaels to finish lectures for the morning and practice different types of anchoring. Plotted course to Kent Narrows. Winds S 10-18 kts. Again, lots of reefing, man overboard in heavy weather practice.  Passed through swing bridge into Kent Narrows and spent the night at slip.

24 July: Plotted course Kent Narrows-Rock Hall.  Winds had shifted to the nose overnight so we tacked to Swan Creek and home in NE 15-20 kts. Wonderful sail, with again a lot of DR plotting.  Pulled in to home slip.

25 July:  Tested ASA for John.  Passed.  Went to Haven Harbor for pump out and Fuel.  Cleaned boat and closed down.  Graduation ceremonies at the School, then homeward bound.  Wonderful time was had by all.

Captain Don Kinney

Rock Hall, MD
July 25, 2004

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