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Newport to Annapolis Passage

June 30, 2016

After the Annapolis to Newport Race, J World Annapolis will be offering its second US Sailing Coastal Passage Making course of the year. The venue is J World’s J-120 EURO TRASH GIRL that would have just finished the Annapolis-Newport Race. The race crew will be disembarking the boat and the cruising crew will take over on June 10th. The trip will be approximately 5 days arriving in Annapolis on the 15th. It will involve inshore navigation through Long Island Sound and offshore work along the Atlantic shore of New Jersey back to inshore (intracoastal waterway) from Cape May to Annapolis via the C&D Canal. Each day a student skipper will be assigned a lead the crew in the day’s events demonstrating their ability to responsibly skipper a 40ft sailboat with an auxiliary engine during coastal passage. The weather conditions may vary throughout the trip but each person will get the chance to take actions necessary to safely navigate the vessel in low visibility conditions and during night transits with heavy traffic conditions.
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 plan is to provision on June 10th then depart Newport on the 11th for a stop at Block Island. Then onto City Island in the Bronx and a tide-timed passage through Hell Gate down the East River. Next we will ride the tidal current through New York to sail past the Statue of Liberty out to Sandy Hook. From there it is open ocean until we reach Cape May and make an intracoastal trek up Delaware Bay, into the C&D canal and finally down the upper Chesapeake to arrive in Annapolis on 15 June.
There will be a maximum of 4 students with two coaches to facilitate the course.
Schedule of Events
June 10
Participants arrive in Newport, R.I. and rendezvous with the boat, introductions and goals will be discussed as well as provisioning. We will start out by developing a detailed passage plan to include weather forecasts, strategies and tactics for all potential conditions, and navigation strategies. Then we will discuss the watch schedule and responsibilities during the passage.
Then onto a complete inspection of the boat, from bow to stern, checking rigging, ground tackle, hardware, sails, the engine, electrical systems, the head, water, the galley and finally the navigation suite. We will all get a chance to see where the provisions are stowed so as to facilitate getting to them and not disturbing the off-watch crew when below. We will touch all the safety gear, tools and spare parts and field any questions as to their use. Weather/sea state will be discussed pertaining to any crew limitations or required medications.
In the evening the new crew is welcome to accompany the previous crew (from the Annapolis-Newport Race) to the Awards Ceremony at the New York Yacht Club.
June 11
Departing early Thursday morning from Newport, the boat will start the course with a “shakedown” cruise to Block Island. This is a fairly short day trip (weather dependent), we will practice sail changes, reefing, anchoring and use of the dingy. We will talk about the trip and everyone will participate in the decisions as to the passage goals based on the weather forecast and crew abilities. Proper navigation techniques will be discussed and  each crew member will get a chance to operate and demonstrate the correct usage of the GPS and chartplotter. You will get to demonstrate boat control in close quarters at Block Island and the use of tide and current tables leaving the next day through “The Race” (Long Island Sound). We will all take many fixes using all means of navigation and piloting skills and everyone will be able to pilot the vessel without electronics by then end of the Long Island Sound.
June 12
Friday will be the first portion of inshore passage (Intracoastal Waterway – ICW) from Block Island to Sandy Hook and again from Cape May to Annapolis. These will be interesting, exciting and challenging legs of your journey.  Your coach will share his expert insights and knowledge, gained over 6 ICW passages, of the joys and pitfalls of cruising a route that has been an active passage since colonial times.
Sea conditions may vary from dead calm to “sporty” conditions so you will have every chance to experience and control the boat under many variations of sea state. We will change headsails, work on deck at night (using jacklines and safety harnesses) as well as use all the different methods of safe rigs for downwind sailing down the sound. Each student will get to refine their skill on overboard rescue methods for both day and night.
We will discuss (simulate) emergency action plans for fire, progressive flooding, dismasting and steering failure. Included in this discussion with will speak on weather emergencies (squalls) and other topics relating to weather forecasting, cloud formations, warm and cold fronts, use of the barometer and how pressure systems formed the wind we feel.
June 13
This day will start underway and will be the tail end of an overnight passage through Long Island Sound. We will pull into to City Island for a brief stop for fuel/ice/provisioning and a hearty breakfast (and some much needed sleep). At City Island we will wait for the tide to be favorable and then shoot down Hell Gate to see New York City via the East River. Passing the Statue of Liberty, we will head out to Sandy Hook and the open ocean. We will get a chance to talk about First Aid/CPR considerations, explain in detail onboard systems, engine maintenance, distress systems, the “grab bag”, the life raft, heavy weather sailing, heavy sea states, more crew overboard drills, communications, EPIRBs and other damage control actions.
June 14 to 15
From Sandy Hook to Annapolis will be a non-stop ocean to inshore trek. The New Jersey coast will be on our starboard throughout Sunday and Monday we will enter the Delaware Bay and once again enter the ICW system passing through the C&D canal and homeward bound via the upper Chesapeake to Annapolis. When we return to the dock in Annapolis the students will develop the approach plan, demonstrate command and control of the event, execute it properly and secure the boat at the dock using all the means made available, docklines, spring lines and fenders. We will check all thru-hull valves, bilges and pumps and put away the boat; this will involve stowing equipment, cleaning and caring for the boat and reporting any required maintenance to the J World staff.
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey and an adventurous voyage. 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.


June 30, 2016
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J World Annapolis


Newport Yachting Center
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Newport, RI 02840
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