Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
||Advanced Coastal Cruising; DELMARVA Circumnavigation
||August 7 to 14, 2011
|| IP440 CELESTIAL
McAllister and Marc Rotenberg
Captain Eric Petterson arrived on board CELESTIAL at 0930 at the
Osprey Point Marina in Rock Hall to check out the boat and prepare for the
arrival of the students. At 1045
the first student arrived – Jim Maher. Over
the next few hours students Ken Foley, Erin McAllister and Axel Dudezki also
found their way to CELESTIAL.
The last student, Marc Rotenberg, was delayed due to airline problems.
Dinner was enjoyed by all present at Waterman’s Restaurant in Rock
Hall. We returned to the boat and
were joined by Marc. After a
brief orientation to CELESTIAL we began preparing for the week’s
adventure. We reviewed the class
objectives, crew organization, and itinerary before beginning a discussion on
meal planning. After determining the number of meals ashore versus those to
be prepared underway, the students began planning menus… with advice from
Captain Eric. From this list and an
inventory of foods currently aboard, a shopping list was created.
Afterwards everyone turned in for a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast at the local “Pasta Plus” restaurant we all went shopping at
the Bayside grocery store in Rock Hall. Once
back on board, and after all the food items were stowed away, the students began
an intensive review of all boat systems, both below decks and above, as well as
the class’s standing orders, watch schedules, daily roles and assigned
responsibilities. Captain Eric also
passed out various checklists, one of which listed all the work items that must
be accomplished prior to getting underway.
In addition to the mainsail, staysail and genoa of CELESTIAL,
this review included a test setting of the storm trysail and the cruising chute.
Captain Eric made daily student assignments of captain, navigator,
engineer, bosun, and emergency coordinator, giving each student experience in
the various roles of staffing a sailboat for offshore sailing.
Eric also assigned individuals to the watch schedules.
Other instructional items included reviews of rules-of-the-road, weather
radio station planning, man-overboard techniques, and sail trim.
we took a break for dinner, which was decided to be another night out at
Waterman’s. After dinner Captain Eric led a planning session on the
navigation techniques to be used for the week, which included pre-planning of
courses and distances to various aids-to-navigation, supplemented by lines of
position (LOPs) for fixes and dead reckoning.
With Eric’s direction, the navigator for the first day’s journey
completed the navigation plan, and our very busy day of preparation was
We left the slip at 0805 and motored north up the Chesapeake towards the C&D
canal, setting sail in winds from the NW at 5-10 knots.
As our course became more easterly we decided to hoist the cruising
chute. As always, the sight of this
colorful sail was enjoyed by everyone. However
the joy was short-lived as the wind clocked around to the beam and we had to
douse the sail after only about 15 minutes of sailing. Nevertheless it was good experience. We sailed and motorsailed, then motored through the C&D
canal to our destination Summit North Marina in the canal. We arrived and tied up at our assigned space at 1545.
After showers, and a review of ASA106 knowledge skills from the ASA log
book, the students prepared dinner on board.
After dinner the navigation was planned for the entire trip from the
C&D canal to Hampton VA. We
also spent some time discussion man overboard (MOB) procedures, referencing Tom
Tursi’s new proposal for ASA.
9, 10 & 11, 2011
After reviewing the navigation plan with the crew, and completing our offshore
pre-departure checklist, we pulled away from the dock at 1335 and motored to the
fuel dock to fill with diesel. With
all the preparations made, we were confident that all was in order for our
coming offshore and overnight sail. The
winds were again light so we motorsailed and sailed down the Delaware Bay.
After passing Cape Henlopen around midnight, the winds remained light and
we continued to motor until early afternoon when the winds increased to around
15. With this wind we were able to
sail close hauled for 40 to 50 miles, reaching a point about 30 nautical miles
offshore. The students enjoyed the
sail, all except for one student who became extremely seasick.
As our second evening underway approached, the winds again dropped and we
again became a motorboat, to the chagrin of everyone.
We continued motoring through the night, arriving in our slip at 1020 at
Downtown Hampton Public Piers in Hampton VA.
CELESTIAL was safely tied in place, the first orders of business
were showers followed by naps. The
remainder of the afternoon was then filled with planning the navigation back to
Rock Hall. Dinner was ashore at
“Marker 20”, one of many restaurants just a short walk from the marina. After dinner Marc Rotenberg took his ASA106 test and passed.
12 & 13, 2011
departed her slip at 0850 on our journey north to Annapolis, again in light
winds. After clearing the harbor we
set sail in southeast winds of 5-10 knots.
We sailed, then motor-sailed, then motored as winds dropped to 2-3 knots
or less. During the night we passed 6-8 large ships, giving new
meaning to the need to stay out of the shipping channels.
The nighttime navigation and its abundance of often confusing lights was
a navigational challenge, but every one of the students was up to it.
With several mid-course adjustments during the night, they had the
opportunity to put their “dead reckoning” skills to use.
We arrived at Annapolis and tied up at a mooring at 0705.
After showers, we caught the water taxi to town for breakfast. This was followed by naps, then lessons on diesel engine
operation, and maneuvering under power. A
celebratory dinner ashore was enjoyed at the Boatyard Bar and Grill.
After a night of VERY heavy rain, we let go of our mooring at 0750 and motored
to the Annapolis City Marina fuel dock for diesel and a pump out.
This was a great opportunity to put into practice some of the maneuvering
under power instructions. After
this chore was completed, we pulled away at 0840 and were able to have a very
enjoyable sail back to Rock Hall in winds from the S-SW at 15-18. It was some of the best sailing of the week.
We set the preventer as we ran on broad reach, conducted a jibe, and ran
wing-on-wing. Finally we arrived back at our starting point for this
journey at Osprey Point Marina at 1250. After
packing and a quick boat clean-up we said goodbye and wished everyone the best
on their future sailing adventures
Captain Eric Petterson
August 14, 2011
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