2006 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
May- Started class 0900. After introductions and MOB procedures we
went over the boat systems then the crew went out for provisions. Water tank was
not full and took 5 minutes to fill according to crew. The crew wanted to go to
Shaw Bay and we departed from dock after looking at tide tables for the Kent
Narrows, which can be low between buoys #3 and #4 going south. Arrived at the
Narrows at 1700. Anchored at Shaw Bay around 1930.
28 May- Left anchor a 1030
after navigation discussion and planning. Motor sailed from Wye River to Miles
River. Navigated to St. Michael's. We had previously arranged for a slip at the
Seaport Museum. Held class on boat after a break to see the town.
29 May- Departed St.
Michael's after checking boat systems. Assigned crew positions and motor sailed
to Eastern Bay. Sailed from Bloody Point toward Rhode River. Near the Rhode
River the instrument went out. Engine wouldn't start. Sounded like low battery
power. After checking the batteries we opened the compression stops on the 3
cylinders. The engine turned over and I switched the cylinders on one at a time
and the engine started. Found water drops in air intake of engine and filter. I
called Tom Tontarski and informed him of the situation. He advised me to
continue to the anchorage if everything was OK. Arrived at anchor at 1730. Poor
holding ground. Switched to Fortress anchor.
Assigned new crew positions and motor sailed towards Annapolis. After
stopping to check a navigation question we resumed motor sailing. Arrived
at Annapolis Harbor and arranged dockage. Got pump out as tank was full. Practiced
knots, reviewed course material and took test in evening. All passed.
Departed Annapolis at 0900. New crew positions assigned. After reaching the mouth
of the Seven River we sailed toward the Bay Bridge. During a systems check
it was noticed that the shaft coupling bolts were loose; retightened. Oil level
OK. Arrived a Lankford Marina at 1430. All students passed the ASA-104
requirements and testing; gave out diplomas, cleaned up the boat and the crew
Captain Ted Taylor