2018 Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
Day 1: 3 June:
the gusty winds and occasional heavy rain, we have a very quiet night.
It seems a little surreal seeing the tops the surrounding trees being
blown by the winds and the boat sitting quietly at anchor.
Mike plans our route down the Chester River, thru Kent Narrows, down
Eastern Bay and on to St Michaels. Curtis
cooks his first meal aboard while the Captain and Greg work thru the tide and
tidal current tables to determine the best window to transit Kent Narrows. All take the time to study the important information the
cruising guide provides for timing the bridge opening and navigation through
Kent Narrows. Cruising guides are
one of the many important resources that should be used when cruising. The
Narrows have begun to shoal so making sure we have the needed depth in the
channel is an important planning factor.
Planning complete and boat secure for the night, we have a very
pleasant evening despite the still stormy conditions.
arrive off the entrance to the Narrows a little early so we practice gybing
and heaving-to. Greg gets us into position to await the opening of the Kent
Island swing bridge at our planned 1130 arrival time and Curtis calls the
bridge tender to request an opening. Many
years ago Mike lived on Kent Island and worked at a marina in the Narrows so
this was a great opportunity to see the changes in his old stomping grounds.
Once past the bridge, we enter Eastern Bay and find we can sail on a broad
reach along our course but in slowly dying winds.
Mike and Curtis take several two-bearing fixes to confirm our position.
Off the entrance to St Michael’s, Curtis contacts the marina by radio
to confirm our reservation. Not
much activity at the marina and Greg is able to easily get us to the pump out
dock and into our slip. After securing the boat, we head over to the
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to explore this Bay treasure. Showers and
dinner ashore provide a great way to finish out this great day on the water.
Once back aboard, Curtis lays out our course for tomorrow. Distance
today: 27 nm; Average speed: 4.5 knots
round Bloody Point in a dying wind and enter the Bay.
As we approach the entrance to the South River, sailboat traffic and
the wind pick up. The crew
becomes proficient in determining “stand on and give way” vessels and we
practice heaving too and fore-reaching. Curtis
gets us into the South River, around several shoals and into Selby Bay.
The forecast is now calling for T-storms and a significant wind shift
so picking a secure anchorage for both current and forecast weather is
important. Once securely
anchored, we review knots, ASA subjects and enjoy the quiet beauty of the
area. Mike prepares dinner while Greg plots our course out around
Thomas Point and into the mooring field in Annapolis.
We have a little wind and rain but generally a quiet night on the
aboard, we watch the finish of the evening races as a constant parade of boats
pass close abeam. It’s a great
placed to spend the evening. Mike plots our course home that will take us under the Bay
Bridge, around Love Point and up Chester River. Curtis and Greg determine the state of the current at the
Bridge and at Love Point. We pass
a rolly but quiet night in very little wind. Distance today: 14 nm, Average
Speed: 3.28 knots.
we approach the entrance to Langford Creek, we see a once in a life time
experience on the River. 30
sailboats are headed south – no sails set because of the light winds but
fanned out across the river all headed to their home ports after spending the
night at the marina. It
would have been a truly amazing sight if they had been under sail.
In the light winds, we motor to the pump out and fuel docks and finally
into our slip taking turns at the helm to practice docking procedures.
Each maneuver demonstrates a renewed confidence in boat handling
ability. Boat cleanup is
followed by a final course review in which all agree this has been a great
trip. Each day provided a good
opportunity for sailing, maneuvering under power and practicing navigation
skills. All agree the course accomplished or exceeded all expectations,
wetting appetites for more. Well done to a great crew!
Distance today: 25.25 nm, Average Speed: 4.37 knots
On board S/V AcaDame
Rock Hall, Maryland,