||Offshore Passage Making; Bermuda to Norfolk
|| June 6-16, 2022
|| Robin Bauer, Charlie Meyers, Andy Uribe,
|| Captain Tim
|| Captain Tom
First Mate Captain Tim Cook and I recently arrived in
Bermuda from Norfolk aboard S/V NAVIGATOR and were berthed at
Hunters Wharf near the Dowlings Shell station. Our outbound students had left
for their homes and we were awaiting arrival of our student crew for the return
trip to Norfolk. A day later tropical storm Alex hit Bermuda with a vengeance
and we had a wild time riding the wind and waves in back of the wharf wall where
several of our docklines parted through during the course of the storm. After a
day of this, the storm quickly departed the area and all returned to normalcy.
On June 6th, our student crew, including Robin Bauer,
Charlie Meyer, Andy Uribe, and Joe Ziolkowski, arrived onboard, stowed their
gear and we commenced with pre-departure preparations over the next two days. On
June 8th the weather forecast looked good with 10 to 15 knots from the south
over the next three days and no tropical disturbances indicated; so, on 6/9,
with a hale and hearty crew, we departed Bermuda at 1045 EDT. Watch schedule for
the cruise is as follows:
Andy & Joe
Tom & Charlie
Tim & Robin.
Skies are partly cloudy; wind 15 to 18 from the south;
sailing on reefed mainsail and full genoa. Charlie prepared lunch of turkey and
cheese sandwiches with yellow tomatoes because we could not get reds in Bermuda.
Joe prepared chicken stew dinner.
Great sailing since leaving Bermuda! Winds 15 to 20 SE on departure shifting to
S and SW. Boat speed averaging 6 knots plus. Making course for Diamond Shoal.
Forecast later in week calls for North winds, so we may need to change course
more toward Norfolk before then. All crew doing well in spite of the rocking and
rolling sailing conditions. Weather this morning is cool and humid but turning
sunny. Everyone is enjoying the sailing!!
Saturday was a rough day at sea with winds SW 25 to 30 and waves 8 to 10 feet
making for boat rocking and rolling and very difficult to move around below
deck. Slippery footing due to salt spray made for slips, falls and lunges for
handholds, but no injuries except minor nicks and bruises. Eventually we struck
the Genoa and continued on double reefed mainsail and staysail. This brought
boat speed way down and wave bounces to a more manageable level at 3.5 knots in
25 knot winds!!
Overnight winds were 10 to 15 and we variously sailed or motor-sailed
maintaining course to our waypoint at Diamond Shoal east of Cape Hatteras which
is 200 miles distant on a bearing of 295M. We had a few rain squalls overnight
and this morning but no lightning. We are currently sailing in 15 to 20 knot
winds from SW with reefed mainsail, staysail and reefed genoa on a course of
295M at 4 to 5 knots in warm, humid conditions.
Beautiful day with bright sunlight and clear skies. Sailing continues to be
great on a course of 295M in 15 to 20 knot winds from SW, but without the 25
knots expected so we had a great sailing day most all day. By evening we made
the decision to strike the genoa and motor sail directly toward Chesapeake Bay
At 1200 Noon we are about 35 miles from Chesapeake Bay entrance and continue to
motor on. Skies are overcast with little wind and we are motorsailing in calm
conditions. There has been very
little opportunity during the entire cruise for celestial shot practice due to
rough weather or cloudy skies, but all had at least a few opportunities to
practice and both Robin and Andy took shots for which they completed
calculations and plotting with some instructive results.
Arrived in Norfolk at 10:25 PM on June 14.
Captain Tom Tursi
Little Creek, VA
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