2006 DELMARVA Reports
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Sept 22, Friday: After
introductions, the students became familiar with the vessel and the goals of
this cruise. We spent the day learning HALIMEDA’s systems,
planning our course, selecting a watch schedule and assigning responsibilities.
The crew took inventory of the galley supplies and developed a cruise menu
before purchasing provisions. Dan, our first navigator, provided the course for
the next day, complete with waypoints. Diner at Waterman’s was a satisfying
finish to a successful day.
23, Saturday: Our engineer checked boat systems and HALIMEDA
departed the slip with George at the helm.
We motorsailed up the Chesapeake under light winds, with students taking
one hour watches at the helm. A flood current assisted our progress and we
arrived at Summit North Marina by 5 pm. Paul brought us to the pump out station,
then we refueled and tied up for the night at a T dock. A few more provisions
were added for this hungry crew and they dined at “Saints and Sinners”
Restaurant overlooking the Marina. The crew had such good humor, the trip was
destined to be a pleasant adventure.
Sept 24, Sunday: George
was at the helm as we left the dock and headed East on the C&D canal with SE
winds and an agreeable current. We sailed down the Delaware River and Bay under
cloudy skies and freshening winds from the SW. The crew was divided into three
watch teams that were scheduled with a three hour on, six hour off rotation.
The crew successfully completed an unannounced man overboard drill during
this leg. The weather forecast predicted a cold front passage during the evening
hours with winds 20 to 30 knots with thunderstorms likely. The crew prepared for
this blow by lightly reefing the main. HALIMEDA
entered the Atlantic Ocean about 6 pm while beating into a 10-15 knot SW wind.
We dined on chicken and vegetables as the crew settled in for an evening
of rock and roll, with the boat pitching and the weather worsening.
A squall during the 9 pm watch reduced visibility.
Sept 25, Monday: During
the early hours, a cold front with squall lines of lightening and rain passed
through with 25 knot NW winds. Later,
we motorsailed under full main, continuing our progress SW along the Delaware,
Maryland and Virginia coast line. Dan guided us through the pinch points
approaching Little Creek and we entered the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at 4 pm.
We had completed the Atlantic Ocean leg of the cruise successfully, with the
added educational experience that unpleasant weather conditions provide. George
docked HALIMEDA with
skill and the crew stretched their legs during a hike to the local
store to add a few more provisions. Later, dinner was prepared on board.
26, Tuesday: After engineer Paul checked boat
systems, HALIMEDA departed Little Creek with Jim at the helm
following Mike’s navigation. The winds freshened from the SW and we sailed on
a broad reach most of the day, with our course set for Annapolis. Towards
evening, the winds abated and we motorsailed again. This area of the Chesapeake
is frequented with large commercial vessels, thus providing the students with
experience with this traffic and communication with these ships using VHF radio
channels 13 and 16. The day ended
under a blanket of stars with meteorites streaming across the horizon.
Sept 27, Wednesday: Thomas
Point light was off HALIMEDA’s port beam before the end of the 0600 watch. Dan was at the
helm for entering Ego Alley at Annapolis and executed a fine standing turn to
starboard in front of scores of onlookers. We tied up to the dock at 0800 and
mustered at Chic & Ruth’s for a hearty breakfast. The crew enjoyed showers
and did some shopping before taking the ASA106 test. On successful completion by
all, the crew celebrated their achievement with dinner at Pussers.
Sept 28, Thursday: HALIMEDA
cleared the Annapolis harbor at 0830 with favorable winds and seas increasing to
three feet. Dan took the helm first on his watch while Michael kept the lookout.
We proceeded up the Chesapeake on a beat around Kent Island and up the Chester
River under sail until arrival at Langford Marina at 1530. Jim practiced his
docking skills at the pump out station before backing HALIMEDA
into her berth. The crew dined in Rock Hall that evening while storms ravaged
the area. Later, upon returning to the boat, the crew found the dock underwater,
causing two onshore man overboard drills in real life situations. Both were
recovered quickly, with only a minor loss of dignity.
29, Friday: After final clean up, certificates were
presented to this fine student crew, who had safely completed the 420 mile
journey with wonderful humor and skill. We all had a great time and we look
forward to sailing together again.
Captain Joe Kliment