Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
This is a report of ASA course #104, conducted on the Chesapeake Bay.
Day 1 The course began with a class on docking, provisioning the boat and outlining the itinerary. After leaving the slip at 1100, the students practiced docking for an hour. Then they motored to the Wye River entrance and sailed for two hours before motoring into St. Michaels and docking at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Dinner was enjoyed at the Crab Claw Restaurant.
Day 2 Leaving St. Michaels at 1100, the boat motored to Eastern Bay, sailed to Knapps Narrows, motored through the scenic Narrows and then sailed the Choptank River to Dun Cove, off Harris Creek. After anchoring under sail, the crew made dinner aboard and spent the night on the hook.
Day 3 At 0900, the crew started motoring toward Annapolis. At Thomas Point Lighthouse, they were able to sail for 2 1/2 hours, arriving in Annapolis at 1600. Following dinner at Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, the crew walked the town and everyone was asleep by 2130.
Day 4 After departing Annapolis at 1000 and motoring toward Baltimore, the students sailed from Baltimore Light to the Key Bridge. Then, they motored the rest of the way to the Inner Harbor Marina. The crew treated the captain to dinner in Fells Point, via water taxi and everyone enjoyed walking the Inner Harbor.
Day 5 The crew prepared the boat and were underway at 0830, motoring toward Rock Hall. Port and starboard watches alternated so all students could complete their exams. All hands passed with high scores and continued to Rock Hall, motor-sailing in light wind. The course concluded with more docking practice in GRAINNE'S slip at Spring Cove Marina.
Captain Don Boccuti