Winds S at 5 knots; clear. Provisioning, boat systems review and
orientation. Conducted tacking, gybing, and anchoring drills. Sailed from
Davis Creek to Corsica River. Anchor wash down pump inoperable.
Winds SW 5-10 knots; clear.
Motored out of Corsica River and down Chester River, then set sail down
Chesapeake Bay to West River. Discussed cruise planning and navigation; made
two-LOP fixes and DR plots as we proceeded. Tacked several times across the
bay and back. Practiced efficient sailing to windward. Docked at Pirates Cove
shortly before rain arrived.
Winds S 5 knots; clear. Motor-sailed out of West River. Set full sail at
mid-bay on out way to Eastern Bay. Slow sailing and heat caused a decision to
motorsail up the Miles River to St. Michaels.
Winds SW 8-10; Gusts to 15 knots; clear. Glorious day for sailing.
Discussed various emergencies including grounding, collision, fire, storm
preparation, engine failure and objects fouling propeller. Conducted Crew
overboard drills and more practice on navigation and DR plots, and Estimated
Time of Arrival. Approaching storms as we neared Annapolis. Radar showed a gap
between storms that presented an opportunity to head into harbor and pick up a
mooring. Completed ASA exams before heading out to dinner.
Winds N 5-10 knots; clear. Reviewed exams. Sailed then motorsailed. Good
wind until we reached Bay Bridge; then light and variable. Pumped out holding
tank. Could not refuel due to very low tide at fuel dock.
Engine Hours at cruise completion: 4488.5
Captain Andy Barton
Aboard S/V NAVIGATOR
Rock Hall, MD