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    Our DELMARVA Training Cruise is a 400 mile, seven day cruise around the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia peninsula which separates to Atlantic Ocean from the Chesapeake Bay. This is a challenging, advanced coastal cruise, half in the ocean and half in the bay, sailing round-the-clock on the ocean leg, day and night, with rotating watches, cat naps, a variety of weather conditions, restricted visibility, safety harnesses, foul weather gear, ship traffic, radio contact, navigational challenges, landfall, port entry and much more. 

    Crew includes our Captain and five student crewmembers each with basic and intermediate sailing experience on large sailing yachts. 

    Day 1, all crewmembers will participate in a thorough inspection of the yacht and equipment, review heavy weather, safety and emergency procedures and equipment, purchase food provisions, stow gear, review navigation and watchkeeping plans, and complete readiness for sea checkoffs. 

    Day 2 we depart from Rock Hall on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, head north up the Bay and anchor near Chesapeake City for the night. Next morning we depart early and sail through the C&D Canal, down Delaware Bay, round Cape Henlopen and turn south into the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll sail anywhere from 10 to 50 miles offshore depending on weather, around the clock, and arrive at the southern entrance of the Chesapeake Bay on Day 4 or 5. By now, we’re ready for a little rest and drying out and we’ll put into Little Creek Harbor near Norfolk, usually for an overnight. We then proceed up the Bay over the next three days with anchorage or marina stops at any of a number of excellent and beautiful locations and end back in Rock Hall about noon on Day 8. 

    This is an advanced, hands-on learning experience for those who are thinking or planning to do some extended overnight cruises. Our emphasis is on seamanship, preparation, teamwork and safety.
    We’ve previously completed 29 of these DELMARVA Training Cruises since 1993 including 7 cruises during 1999 using Island Packet 350 and Island Packet 37 sailing yachts. Refer to  DELMARVA Chronology and DELMARVA Schedule and Cost for details.

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