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Ocean Training Cruises
||Advanced Coastal Cruising; DELMARVA Circumnavigation
||October 14-21, 2005
|| IP45 HALIMEDA
||Peter Bonta, Rick Koubek, Jim Schmalz, Dominick
October 13, Thursday
Captain Eric Petterson and students Jim Schmalz and Dominick Timpone arrived at
Day 1 - 10/14 Friday
Students Rick Koubek and Peter Bonta arrived in the morning. After breakfast the
first order of business was to move HALIMEDA to an alternate slip
in order to ensure adequate depth for a low tide departure early the next day. A
great lesson in warping out of the slip in contrary winds was an added benefit.
After this the students familiarized themselves with HALIMEDA's
systems, rigging, gear and stowage. Weather was checked on the internet and SSB.
Watch schedules were agreed to and daily navigator and engineer/bosun
assignments were set. The final day's activity was to purchase food provisions,
and this crew set a new standard with a total grocery bill only 4 cents off the
target amount! The day concluded with dinner at Waterman's.
Day 2 - 10/15 Saturday
We left Spring Cove at 0900 in 15-25 knot winds from the NNW, tacking our way up
the bay towards the C&D canal. After a brisk day underway we arrived at
Summit North Marina at 1630, having transformed underway to an efficient sailing
team. A quick check of the weather confirmed (as prior forecasts
suggested) a windy but acceptable day for the next day's travel. Dinner was at
Captain's Cove to celebrate the first day of the voyage. After dinner another
check of weather forecasts found a severe deterioration of the outlook. Gale
warnings had been issued with winds to 40 knots in Delaware Bay and the Delmarva
coast. It was decided to spend another day in Summit North, focusing on lessons
and the ASA106 tests.
Day 3 - 10/16 Sunday
As planned the day was spent reviewing 106 lessons in the morning and testing in
the afternoon for Jim Schmalz and Rick Koubek. To make up for the lost day,
plans were changed to sail non-stop down Delaware Bay, down the coast, reenter
Chesapeake Bay at Norfolk and head about 50 NM up the Bay to Deltaville, VA.
Departure was also planned for 0300, which was as early as possible based on the
forecast of decreasing gale force winds.
Day 4 - 10/17 Monday
As planned, we departed the marina at 0300, providing great lessons in nighttime
navigation and traffic identification in the upper Delaware Bay. Sailing was
good in 20-25 knot winds gusting to 30 knots from the NW and dropping to 15-20
knots as darkness fell. Dinner underway was enjoyed by all.
Day 5 - 10/18 Tuesday
As the day progressed the winds backed to the SW, requiring multiple tacks to
make our way down the Delmarva coast. Winds also decreased to 10-15 knots and
finally to under 5 knots as we made the turn around Cape Charles and into
Chesapeake Bay. With HALIMEDA under engine power, at 2030 a
"thump" was heard from the engine/propeller and a vibration developed.
We surmised that we either hit something with the prop or picked up a line.
Luckily winds had improved to 5-10 knots and we were able to sail slowly towards
Deltaville where several boat yards are located.
Day 6 - 10/19 Wednesday
Our arrival at Jackson Creek at 0330 provided yet another lesson opportunity:
nighttime port arrival. First thing in the morning HALIMEDA was
lifted from the water to reveal a huge bundle of polypropylene line wrapped
around the shaft and prop. After it was cut away and the prop checked for damage
we were underway again at 1100, headed for another overnight passage. This time
our new destination was Annapolis and we sailed in comfortable winds of 10-15
knots from the SW.
Day 7 - 10/20 Thursday
Arrived in Annapolis and picked up a mooring at 0845. After showers, breakfast
at Chick & Ruth's was a hit. In the afternoon Dominick Timpone took his
ASA104 test. Others spent the time sleeping or sightseeing. Dinner at Galway Bay
was a fitting celebration to a varied but great voyage.
Day 8 - 10/21 Friday
At 0730 we left our mooring in light NE winds and misting rain. After fuel and
pump-out at Haven Harbor Marina, HALIMEDA arrived back at Spring
Cove at 1145. Total mileage logged was 475 miles. We were underway for 83 hours
of which 47 hours were daytime and 36 hours at night.
Captain Eric Petterson
Aboard S/V HALIMEDA
Rock Hall, MD
October 22, 2005
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