2005 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Wednesday, July 27 – After spending the morning doing our
safety check and assigning duty tasks and rotations, we planned our cruise and
meals. We purchased our provisions
and stowed them aboard Scholarship. Later,
in the afternoon, we practiced boat handling and docking under power and became
familiar with our vessel under sail. Because
of severe thunderstorms, we returned to Spring Cove Marina in Rock Hall instead
of anchoring in Swan Creek.
Thursday, July 28 – We got underway at 0830 for our first
port of call, St. Michaels. The
students plotted the course and ran DR’s during this leg.
We passed through Kent Narrows drawbridge, giving the students the
opportunity to use the VHF to communicate with the bridge tender.
Upon arrival we anchored off the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, pumped
up the dingy, and enjoyed a delicious Eastern Shore dinner ashore.
Friday, July 29 – While in St. Michaels the previous
evening, the students plotted our course to the Choptank River, through Knapp
Narrows (another drawbridge), and chose three potential anchorages.
During the day, the students began taking bearings in order to establish
fixes to compare to their DR’s. Once
through Knapp Narrows, we chose to anchor in Dun Cove just a few miles north of
the channel. During the day, we had
moderate winds, giving us a pleasant sail.
Saturday, July 30 - Today we headed for Solomons Island and
an overnight stay in Spring Cove Marina. Once
again the students plotted all courses, established their fixes, and compared
these to their DR’s. All were
happy to use the showers ashore; then we enjoyed again a great dinner at a local
Sunday, July 31 – During today’s leg, we practiced our
MOB under power when the wind died for a few hours. With the exception of only a few hours of calm winds, today
was our best and most exciting sail. Late
afternoon, we arrive in the Little Choptank and anchored up Hudson Creek.
After sunset the sky was ablaze with stars!
This was certainly the best anchorage during our entire cruise.
Monday, August 1 – Today we returned to the hustle and
bustle of the Western Shore as we set sail for Annapolis.
Most of this leg was a motor sail since the winds were light and
variable. As we were approaching
Sharpe’s Island Lighthouse, we heard a Mayday call from a vessel afire.
Fortunately, other vessels were on site and rescued all passengers aboard
the vessel. Two practical lessons
– one, prevent fires aboard and two, always be prepared to respond to the
needs of other sailors. Upon
entering Annapolis, we picked up a mooring in the harbor, showered, and enjoyed
our last meal on shore.
Tuesday, August 2 – This morning, the students were on
their own; they had to chart our course to Baltimore Inner Harbor without my
direction. During this leg, they
plotted their DR’s and took fixes along the way. Oh, the pressure! Once
again, we had to motor sail the entire trip due to light and variable winds.
Of course the students brought Scholarship and their captain safely to
Inner Harbor and our last night together. Tomorrow
is written test day and our return to Rock Hall.
Wednesday, August 3 - Once again, we motor sailed because of the lack of wind. While underway, we reviewed some basic sailing skills such as reefing and heaving to. All students accomplished their tasks well and passed all tests. After 230 nm we arrived home, tired, but happy and proud of our accomplishments.
Captain Dave Renoll