2013 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Day 1: Rock
Hall to Queens Town
Once clear of the marina, we practice the first of many Man
Overboard (MOB) maneuvers. Winds being light under a bright sun, we look for
telltale landmarks around us and on our chart to confirm our progress to the
challenging, narrow channel into Queens Town Harbor. Ward pilots us safely and
the beautiful, sheltered North Arm of the harbor makes for a great anchorage.
Laura, assisted be Gene, prepares a delicious pasta dish, which we enjoy
together with a glass of wine, under twinkling stars.
Day 2: Queens
Town to Mill Creek, Severn River
As we round Love Point, Laura together with Gene who is adept at advanced coastal navigation procedures, set a danger bearing of 251º magnetic off Love Point Light and designed to keep us clear of a wreck and shoal west of Love Point. We detour to get a good lock at the fair water mark RW “LP” Mo (A) – the kind of massive approach buoy that signals the entry point of a deep-draft channel. From here we steer 224º M to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge where increasing commercial traffic keeps lookouts busy.
Once the sails are down, we navigate by depth contour
toward the narrow, winding Mill Creek Channel. Here, we get stopped by a shoal
at its East edge and accept the offer of a passing boater to pull us by the
stern back into the center of the Channel. Voila! At famous Cantler’s
Riverside Restaurant, we enjoy great seafood and their standing offer to boaters
to remain docked there for the night.
Day 3: Mill
Creek to Annapolis then to St. Michaels
Underway to Annapolis, we take advantage of the many charted objects and features in this busy harbor and learn to fix ACADAME’s position in various ways. Pre Boat Show construction prevents us from docking at the City Dock. So we drop off Gene and Ward, who have never been here, at a fuel dock for a quick tour while Laura (at the helm) and the captain transfer to another dock where we pump out the holding tank.
Together again as a full crew, we take departure at buoy R
“2” Bell, Fl R 2 sec. and motor sail at 164º True to Bloody Point
Lighthouse where we enter Eastern Bay. Navigational fixes and
time/speed/distance calculations help us verify that we are exactly on our
planned route. In St. Michaels we dock at the Crab Claw Restaurant, have a quick
look at the town, and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner before anchoring west of
the quaint Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Day 4: St.
Michaels to Prospect Bay
As we leave with a light easterly zephyr on our starboard
side, we experience the predicted wind shift to the west, practice MOB maneuvers
in a 10 knot breeze and heave to in order to have all hands available for the
intricate procedure of setting a whisker pole. ACADAME’s now
experienced crew proves adept at handling the many lines that need to be tended
for our last MOB maneuver with rigged-out whisker pole. Shipmates navigate into
Providence Bay where we lower sails, anchor in 11 feet of water and record three
bearings which we will use for our anchor watch.
Day 5: Prospect
Bay to Lankford Bay Marina via Kent Narrows
Three excellent docking maneuvers follow: Gene’s at the
pump out dock, Word’s at the fuel dock, and Laura’s at our home slip. The
many bare boat chartering activities needed at the end of a cruise close out our
time on the water followed by testing of the many topics covered during the
course. Big smiles show that all have passed and that three more sailors have
joined the ranks of ASA104 certified mariners. Well done, shipmates. I’ll see
you on the water.
Captain H. Jochen Hoffmann