2010 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
3, Fri - Arrivals
and Test taking:
1 – Sept 4, Sat: Review
of Ships Systems, Rules of Road and Boat Handling:
lunch, we reviewed the key points of maneuvering under power and spent the rest
of the day practicing picking a mooring, docking at the pump out station and
boat handling under sail. A great
day to practice sail handling to include reefing and heaving too in winds 10-15
with gusts to 20 knots. Bob as
captain and Ron as navigator got us at anchor and boat secure in Gray Inn Creek
by 1645. After a well earned
dinner, we reviewed the day’s events and discussed our cruising plan for the
next day. Jim, our new navigator,
laid out our course. Despite the
still gusty winds, we spent a very restful night in a beautiful anchorage under
a star filled sky.
2 – Sept 5, Sun: Down
the River, Thru the Bridges and a snug Anchorage with lots of company:
Departed anchorage by 0800 and made sail once through the narrow exit from the Creek and into the Chester River, winds 10-15 off the beam. Jim, as navigator with help from Bob, kept track of our course by taking a series of two bearing fixes and plotting our position. Into and thru Kent Narrows by 1100, joining a large number of power and sail boats who all seemed to be headed toward St Michaels. Good navigation got us thru Popular Island and Knapps Narrows with only a short delay awaiting the bridge to open in the Narrows.
into the Choptank, we conducted a series of MOB drills in a dying wind. Into a snug but somewhat crowed anchorage by 1600 after a
good day’s run of just over 28 nms. The
Labor Day weekend and beautiful weather had brought out lots of boats, many
rafting up – one with 7 boats. Quiet
night, beautiful sunset and an evening spent reviewing course material and
studying the stars.
3 – Sept 6, Mon: Retrace
our Steps and into St Michaels:
the way we practiced MOB under sail, reefing and plotting position in gusty
winds which occasionally hit 20 knots. After
a short sail around the St Michaels harbor for a “look around”, we had the
anchor down just outside the harbor entrance by 1500.
After ensuring the anchor was set and securing the boat, took the dingy
into town, purchased some additional provisions and spent a short visit in the
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum followed by a well deserved dinner at the Crab
Claw. After returning to the boat,
Jim went for a short swim and then the crew took the ASA 104 test - all passed
with flying colors. Great job by
4 – Sept 7, Tues: To
Annapolis and a Walkabout:
mid day the wind dropped, reefs shook out and around Blood Pt Bar on the way to
Annapolis. Winds did build again to
allow a good run, sailing downwind wing-and-wing with a preventer in place on
the main. Along the way we had the
opportunity to hail a tug pushing a barge on VHF channel 13 to clarify intended
course and pass several ships anchored off Annapolis. Secure on a mooring by 1500 and into the dingy
for trip ashore and showers. After
a less than enthusiastic attempt by the Captain for a spaghetti dinner on board,
we spent some time exploring this great harbor town which was enjoying a rest
from the weekend holiday crowds and met later at Pusser’s for an early dinner.
Following an excellent dinner seated right by “Ego Alley”, we took
the dingy back to the boat for a game of PIG and preparation for an early
5 – Sept 8, Wed: Return
to Lankford Bay Marina and Secure
rounding the point by the Narrows, the wind dropped but still allowed us to sail
up to just short of Langford Creek where we dropped sails for the last time. Ron
brought us into the pump out dock, Jim to the fuel dock where we moved the dingy
to its stand ashore and then Bob put us back in our slip.
All did a great job handling the boat under power.
After securing and cleaning up the boat, we had a final review of the
day’s events and our entire trip. All
agreed that weather and course had far exceeded expectations.
It did have one potentially “negative” implication – it wetted the
crew’s appetites for more. Well
done to a great crew!