Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Combined ASA103-104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising
September 17-23, 2011
Roy and Mary Richard, Stewart Schroeder
16, Fri – Arrivals
and Team Building:
Roy and Mary Richard, Stewart Schroeder and Captain Runals all arrive
and settle in before dinner. Dinner
at Waterman’s provides an excellent opportunity to get to know each other and
discuss the outline of the course. Weather
forecast for the week – cool, wet and light winds.
Back aboard, we review ASA course requirements, conduct a chart
orientation and make preparations for our first full day of training before
turning in for the night.
1 – Sept 17, Sat: Review
of Ship’s Systems, Rules of Road and Boat Handling:
After breakfast, we start the
day with a review of the federal safe boating requirements, “rules of the
road” and lights/buoys systems. The
crew then spends time giving the boat a thorough inspection
and getting acquainted with the ship’s operating systems and proper safety
procedures. After lunch, we review the key points of maneuvering under power and
spend the rest of the day practicing docking and sailing all points of sail,
tacking and jibing and heaving-to. Tacking
back up Langford Creek we have the opportunity to experience a common Chesapeake
Bay experience – running aground. After recovering, we return to the dock and
spend some time practicing knots before Roy takes and passes the ASA101 test. We
review the day’s experiences over dinner at the Bay Wolf restaurant followed
by an evening of study.
2 – Sept 18, Sun: Refining
The day dawns with a
beautiful cool end of summer sky but forecast light winds.
After reviewing marine weather and conducting pre-operation checks, we
depart the slip and practice maneuvering under power, conduct MOB drills under
power and sail, all basic sailing maneuvers to include reefing and heaving to in
the Chester River in 5- 10 knot winds. We experience a problem with the starter
that is quickly overcome and gain some experience in the importance of being
able to accurately read charts by making a quick trip in and out of Grays Inn
Creek. Once back at the dock, we review the day’s events,
practice some knot tying and finalize our provisioning plan before heading up
for welcomed showers. After dinner
ashore at Ford’s, we head to the store for provisions.
The rest of the evening is spent in laying out our course for tomorrow -
down and cross the Bay - and reviewing course material.
3 – Sept 19, Mon: Cruise
Begins - off to the Magothy River:
We start the day with getting the ignition switch fixed and making a quick
trip into West Marine for some additional foul weather gear.
The updated forecast for the week calls for slowly warming temperaturs
but rain every day. Mary, Captain for the day, oversees our topping off water,
pumping out the holding tank and stowing the dingy on the foredeck before we
depart the marina. Roy, as navigator, tracks our progress as we head down the
Chester River. Stewart assists him
in taking two-bearing fixes and carefully recording the passing of waypoints and
buoys along the way. The wind is
light so we motor sail down the Chester River, around Love Point, across the Bay
and into the Magothy River.
the way see and avoid a surprising amount of floating debris washed down by the
recent heavy rains. This becomes
even more pronounced as the week progresses. The wind picks up for a short time
and we are able to head toward our anchorage behind Gibson Island under sail.
Along the way we pass the topsail schooner SULTANA
from Chestertown motor sailing – a surreal sight with all sails up.
We share our quiet anchorage with four other boats.
Before dinner the crew takes and passes the ASA103 test.
We enjoy a cool evening and a great jambalaya dinner prepared by Stewart
before planning our course for the next day and turning in for a well earned
4 – Sept 20, Tues: Rain,
Crab Pots and the Rhode River:
The day dawns overcast with a continued
forecast of rain with possible thunderstorms.
Roy, Captain for the day, supervises our final preparations for departure
while Stewart finalizes our navigation plan to get us to an anchorage on the
Rhode River. We recover and secure
the anchor in light rain. Once in
the Bay, we enjoy a short period of sailing until the wind drops to the point
that to make headway against a weak, but very noticeable flood current, we motor
sail under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Along
the way we have our first encounter with large container ships.
comes and goes, threatening to become heavy.
As we pass the entrance to Annapolis Harbor, we discuss the option of
picking up a mooring in Annapolis but clearing skies provide the grounds for
optimism so we continue south – sailing and then motor sailing into the West
River. Careful navigation is required to avoid numerous crab pots as
we make our way into the Rhode River under still very overcast skies.
Once anchored between Big and Flat Islands, we launch the dingy and motor
over to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (S.E.R.C.), a great
resource and interesting place for a shoreside visit.
Back on the boat, Mary starts the planning process to get us to St
Michaels and we enjoy a great spaghetti dinner under now clearing skies.
Forecast for tomorrow – light winds and …. rain.
5 – Sept 21, Wed: St
Crew up and moving by 0630. We
finalize our departure preparations in fog and light rain. Stewart gets us out of the anchorage and into the West River
where we again maneuver through a maze of crab pots. Once into the Bay, we enjoy a nice close reach as we sail
toward the Bloody Point Light where the wind again fails us and we motor sail
into the Eastern Bay. A
building breeze allows us to have a fine reach up toward Tilghman Point. Along the way, Mary monitors our progress by accurately
plotting our position and keeping our logbook updated.
We also take the opportunity to review ASA104 subject areas.
we approach the Tilghman Point, the wind dies away and we motor down the Mills
River to the St Michaels Marina. After
pumping out and topping off fuel and water, Stewart gets us easily into our
slip. We take the opportunity for a
short visit to the Maritime Museum – a great regional resource, before heading
to the showers. We enjoy a great
meal ashore at the new Marco’s Restaurant.
Returning to the boat after a quick provisioning stop in town, we spend a quiet
evening, relaxing in the cockpit under now clear, starry skies.
It provides a great backdrop for time to learn the game of PIG to sharpen
our “navigation skills”.
6 – Sept 22, Thurs:Annapolis Here We Come:
After breakfast aboard, Mary gets us easily
out of our slip in light winds and under overcast skies.
Once out in the Mills River and Eastern Bay, we motor sail and sail in
light, intermittent winds. As we approach the Bloody Point Light the winds die away
completely and we motor up the Bay toward Annapolis. Along the way Roy tracks our progress by taking 2 and 3
bearing fixes and running time and speed calculations.
As we approach the Annapolis Harbor, our man overboard dummy decides the
crew is looking a little too comfortable and decides to go for a short swim. Not
so quickly recovered, the crew goes to great pains to ensure he keeps his
footing for the remainder of the trip.
early afternoon we secure our mooring – so strange to be there in mid week
with little traffic. The crew takes
some time for a quick review of course material before they all take and pass
the ASA104 test. With all academic
requirements now complete, we dingy ashore for showers and then dinner at a
waterside table at Pusser’s where we enjoy watching the constantly changing
activities in the now busy harbor. Back
on the boat the crew enjoys another quiet evening. Tomorrow’s forecast again calls for rain and light winds
but tonight we enjoy a star filled sky.
7 – Sept 23, Fri: Rain, Fog and … Wind;
We change things up a little and dingy into
shore for breakfast at Chick & Ruth’s Delly. Forecast calls for 100% rain but it holds off till will we
make it back to the boat. After
preoperational checks, Roy gets us underway in light winds, rain and fog.
We motor out of the harbor and into the Bay in passing rain showers and
very little traffic. After motor sailing up past the Bay Bridge, the wind picks up
and despite the rain showers, at times reducing the visibility to just past the
bow of the boat, we have some of the best sailing of the trip.
We are able to sail up to and past the entrance to the Kent Island
Narrows, at times slowly but we sail. As
we pass the entrance to Queen’s Town the wind drops but we sail wing-and-wing
using a preventer for a short period until the wind falls away to nothing.
NOAA weather radio warns of heavy rain and winds for the night.
head into the Corsica River for the night under increasingly overcast skies and
find a secure anchorage from both current and forecast winds for the night.
Shortly after setting the anchor and securing the boat, the skies open up
with the heaviest rain of the day. At
one point we think we see animals lining up on the shore for us to come and take
them aboard. Despite the rain, we
have a great evening in our protected anchorage.
Stewart makes a super meal of steak fajitas with rice and we enjoy the
sound of rain on the bimini and cabin top until around 1930 when it drops off to
8 – Sept 24, Sat: Return to Lankford Bay Marina and Secure:
Up after the “sun” for an easy
departure. Forecast calls for
clearing skies but no wind – not even light wind --- no wind. Stewart makes his promised pancakes with bananas and we
prepare for returning home. Preoperational
checks complete, anchor secured and underway for home by 0900.
The forecast proves accurate as we motor into the Chester River and up to
Langford Bay Marina. Stewart gets us into the pump out station, Mary to the fuel
dock and Roy back into our slip. Each
maneuver conducted with the teamwork that comes from working closely together
over time. After securing and
cleaning up the boat, we hold a final review of the day’s events and our
entire trip. All agree that despite
the lack of wind and rainy weather the course exceeded all expectations. We had
a great time with a great crew. All head home with appetites wetted for more
aboard IP-32 ACADAME
Lankford Bay Marina
Sept 25, 2011
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