2005 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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ASA 103-104 Intermediate Coastal Cruise


July 27-Aug 3, 2005




Kevin Funkey, Marisa Pappas, Kemal Tuncali


Don Kinney

Saturday, August 6:  We met at 0900 to cover an overview of the 8 day course.  Our cruising area stretched from Rock Hall to Solomonís Island, a distance of 50 miles, with specific daily routes determined by weather and distances as we cruised.  After checking the boat carefully and provisioning, a DR course was plotted to Baltimore, and we were underway by 1300. Light northwesterly winds required us to motorsail most of the way, although there was a period of several hours where we tacked up the Patapsco, under the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and on toward Fort McHenry.  Kevin did two perfect dockings at Inner Harbor East; after entering the first slip we were asked to change to another slip which was very tight. This was the students first encounter with floating docks, so much discussion followed on the different techniques used between docking at pilings versus docking at floating docks. Ravishing hunger struck us all, so off we went downtown to dine with several thousand others bent on partying the Saturday night away. 

Sunday, August 7:  Some class review, then we were on our way to Annapolis with usable winds for about 3 hours, then we again had to motorsail to a mooring off City Dock.  Lots of navigational practice to keep track of our position while we tacked down the Chesapeake bay, We took a water taxi into town, dined and strolled the downtown area, then returned for a good nights sleep. 

Monday, August 8:   A lengthy run down the Chesapeake to Duns Cove via Knapps Narrows, where the students got a good taste of navigating in a shallow and narrow entrance passage, as well as communicating with the bridge tender and then passing through. At Duns Cove we found a good anchorage, barbequed dinner and enjoyed the sunset. 

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Tuesday, August 9:  A long run to Solomonís Island began in poor visibility and steady rain for the first few hours. Careful navigation was the order of the day. The winds avoided us as much as possible, so motoring was necessary nearly all the way.  At Solomonís Island, Kemal made a great shoehorn docking in the marina. Kudos to the crew on a really great job!  Into this quaint little village for crab cakes and other goodies, then hit the books. 

Wednesday, August 10: Students took their ASA 103 exams and all did well. We then plotted a course to Oxford on the Choptank River. Motorsailed all the way in ok weather with little wind. Dropped the hook off the Strand in Oxford and rowed in on the dinghy to get some badly needed pool time. Dinner at the Robert Morris Inn, then back to the boat for a good snooze.  

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Thursday, August 11: St. Michaels was the next port of call.  Sailed and then motor sailed again through the Knapps Narrows bridge, then squeezed through Poplar Passage and up Eastern Bay to the Miles River and on to the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Marisa deftly squeezed Moxie into a tiny parallel-parking slip, and then we quickly plugged in the air conditioning to cool off.  Strolled around the museum and the old shipping village, reprovisioned, then dined at the Crab Claw. 

Friday, August 12:  Straight shot from St. Michaels to Rock Hall via the shallow and tricky Kent Narrows.  Slipped through the bridge after Kemal requested an opening, then onto the Chester River.  Eight to 10 knot breeze proved fine for some drills, MOB being foremost.  Also reefed, double-reefed and hove-to.  Snuggled into home slip at Spring Cove, cooked up some steaks on the marina barbeque, then dispersed for the evening. 

Saturday, August 13:  Students took ASA 104 test, and all passed. Reviewed the test, then set out for an enjoyable sail for a few hours.  Re-fuelled and pumped-out, then put Moxie to rest in her slip, packed up, graduated, and all left with a smile.  The students seemed pleased that they were able to learn so much, particularly understanding charts, route planning and revisions underway, approaching previously unseen ďforeignĒ ports, docking where no boat could possibly fit, handling bridge openings and passages, and gauging the impact of the weather on each leg of the trip. 

Captain Don Kinney
Aboard MOXIE, IP-32
Rock Hall, MD
August 14, 2005

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