2004 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Overview of course, guidelines for cruise preparation, provision for
cruise. Lectures on Rules of Road, docking, navigation. Hard rain all day.
Boat systems, how everything works. Docking practice. Students outline
limits of cruising area for a week, plot a course to Baltimore. Depart at noon.
Motor in windless conditions up Brewerton and Fort McHenry channels to Baltimore
Inner Harbor. Dock at Inner Harbor East Marina. Walking tour of Inner Harbor,
dine at the Hard Rock Café.
Lecture on navigation in congested areas and shipping channels. Plot course
to Annapolis. Motored most of way in light winds. Sailed some off Annapolis,
checking points of sail and man overboard recoveries. Motored through congested
“Ego Alley” at city dock, then picked up a mooring for the night. Took
dinghy in to town, strolled around town, dinner at McGarveys Pub, ice cream at
Italian parlor, and back to boat.
Tested written 101 for Bruce. Passed.
Plot course to Rhodes River. Good winds (12-15kts
from south) provided great sailing into the West River entrance and into the
Rhodes. Anchored and dined on fresh corn, sliced potatoes and chicken from the
31 July: Lectures/review for ASA 103.
Another day of wonderful south winds S 12-18kts.
Sailed from Rhodes River to Bloody Point, up Eastern Bay, then close hauled
towards St. Michaels. Great test of navigation skillsas we tacked under reefed
sails the final 8 mile leg to mouth of Miles River, then motored on to anchorage
off St. Michaels. Used dinghy to ferry back and forth from boat to downtown St.
Michaels. Sightseeing, laundry, more provisions, dined on crab cakes and
preferred beverages. Tested 103, passed ok. Spectacular sunset over town. Some
studying and review.
August 1: Pulled anchor after breakfast and
pulled in to St. Michael’s Marina for fuel, pump-out.
Set out on plotted course to the Wye river in light winds with some rain and
thunderstorms. Motored to Wye, explored, anchored in Shaw Bay with just a few
other boats. Several jumped in to swim around a bit. Refreshing. Cooked on the
Barbie, dined as sun set. Some lectures/discussions, studying and review.
Plotted course from the Wye river to Rock Hall via Kent Narrows. No wind
made for more motoring. Lots of practice navigating using visual fixes. Arrived
at Kent Narrows, called drawbridge via VHF for opening time. Held position in a
following current for 20 minutes waiting for bridge. Discussed what to do if
engine failed in these circumstances. Passed through drawbridge, then docked at
Harris’ Crab house for crab cakes. Navigated
out of Kent Narrows into Chester River on to Rock Hall. Docked, reviewed course
materials, closed down for the day.
All took ASA 104 test and passed. Drove
to Haven Harbor for fuel and pumpout, then docked at home
slip. Secured and emptied boat, graduation ceremony, and all was well.
Captain Don Kinney