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Annapolis to Newport Coastal Passage
June 8, 2016 - June 12, 2016$2200
In June this year, J World Annapolis will be offering a US Sailing Coastal Passage Making course. Sailing from Annapolis to Newport, the crew will take approximately five (5) days to cruise from the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, into the ocean past the New Jersey coast, into majestic New York City harbor, past the statue of liberty, up the East River, into Long Island Sound, past Block Island an onto the historic town of Newport, Rhode Island.
The challenge of this coastal passage cannot be understated. Inshore navigation, managing lots of ship to ship communication and rules of the road, watch standing both day and night, cooking aboard, managing boat systems, handling the boat under sail and power, docking, anchoring and mooring ball pickups and of course managing changing weather and sea conditions make this the perfect living classroom for developing coastal cruising and passage making skills.
The prerequisites for completing this course and achieving the US Sailing Coastal Passage Making certificate are: US Sailing Bareboat Cruising and CoNav Certifications. Do not be discouraged: if you do not have these, you may complete them at a later time and still receive credit for this course.
All the students will get to demonstrate the required practical skills required for Coastal Passage Making. This includes the opportunity to demonstrate the proper operation of navigation equipment, show seamanship skills, direct the crew and make safe decisions with respect to the weather, proposed track, and crew rest. You will maneuver the boat leaving the dock/returning and organized the crew such that the boat is kept safe and they are too. You will participate in the decision as to crew composition and watch standing.
The schedule is to provision and do boat familiarization on June 7th then depart for Newport on the 8th. Weather and tide will dictate the stops and pause points for the next five days, but a sample itinerary reads:
June 8th – Departing early on the 8th, using a favorable current window throw the C&D Canal as the determiner of departure the crew will sail north through the upper Chesapeake Bay past sprawling estates, wildlife refuges and past historical landmarks first discovered by early explorers like John Smith. Transiting the C&D Canal the team will turn south and pick their way through the challenge waters of the Delaware Bay. Highlights include managing strong currents and heavy shipping traffic as well as navigating at night.
June 9th – Merely 24 hours after departing Annapolis the team will raise the sleepy beach town of Cape May. Cape May is a great place to fuel and check the weather window for the trip up the Jersey coast. From Cape May to Sandy Hook, New Jersey lie few safe harbors so a good weather window is key to safely making the trip North. If the window is good the team will continue into the ocean and sail North for 120 miles to the entrance of New York harbor.
June 10th – Sailing under the Verazzano bridge past the Statue of Liberty and up the East River is an experience that is at once challenging and exhilarating. Few harbors sport more commercial traffic and challenging conditions. As hard as it may be, the backdrop is awe inspiring and the historical significance is overwhelming. The East River and Hell Gate present yet another great navigational challenge and timing the approach and passage is a perfect test of seamanship and navigation.
June 11th – After leaving the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple in your wake the team will sail along with ever widening shorelines of Long Island Sound. No day would be worth it without some navigational challenge, so sailing to meet a fair tide at either Plum Gut or The Race dictates this leg of the event.
Sunrise on the 12th likely has the team leaving Block Island in its wake and raising the misty cliffs of Newport, Rhode Island. The final stretch into Newport harbor is exciting and beautiful.
Please join us for this southbound adventure and gain your US Sailing Coastal Passage Making Certification at the same time. Check the J World Annapolis website for further details, pricing and scheduling changes.