Columbus Day Weekend Chesapeake Bay Cruise and Cruising Course
What getting away was meant to be …
Although the summer is just around the corner, it's not too early to begin thinking about our annual Columbus Day weekend Chesapeake Cruise and Cruising Course, especially given the tough year we’ve had with Covid. Before you know it, the summer heat will be subsiding, the autumn winds will be picking up, and the Chesapeake will once again be calling. Autumn Chesapeake sailing can be a really exciting experience! Every year this cruise is a fun-filled adventure, and a great sailing learning experience.
This year SEAS has four boats, including two boats for the cruise and two boats for the cruising course. Crew sizes will be 5 people on a cruising boat, and 6 on a cruising course boat, including two instructors. This makes for great social events at boat raft-ups and going ashore! You may remember sitting at dockside restaurants in Annapolis, St. Michaels, or even New Jersey, watching boats dock and sailors work, wondering what it would be like to be part of it all. Well, here's your chance!
The itinerary will begin on Friday evening, October 7, with your arrival at the boats in Rock Hall MD's Haven Marina, perhaps after a day at the Annapolis Boat Show just across the Bay. We will depart on Saturday, October 8, for our three-day cruise, returning on Monday, October 10, in the late afternoon. We'll spend one evening with our four boats tied together and anchored in a quiet cove watching the sunset and sipping cocktails, and the other evening at one of the Chesapeake's bustling ports – Annapolis, St. Michaels, or Baltimore Inner Harbor.
The cruising course is designed to give you the experience and training you need to serve as crew on larger boats, whether you’ve never cruised before or were just a “passenger.” In the four classroom sessions and three days on the water, you’ll learn about navigation, anchoring, using the radio, plumbing and electrical systems on a boat, safety, clothing (what to bring), weather, using the engine, steering the boat, docking (how to use dock lines and fenders), sailing (what are all those "extra" control lines for?), living on a boat and much, much more.
The cost of the three-day cruise is $397, plus a $268 refundable security deposit. The cruising course is $464 (which includes all course materials and course fee), plus a $223 refundable security deposit. The per-person cost of food and incidentals is extra (approximately $40-50).
If you're interested in the cruise or cruising course, contact Ray Kimber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-809-3718. For more information about each, including an application, go to Cruising/Cruising Course Application.
Special note about COVID:
We’ve all been doing our best to stay safe during this pandemic, and we at SEAS Monmouth want you to be safe and feel safe during these cruising activities. In this spirit we’re requiring that all of our cruise and cruising course participants have completed their vaccination or vaccination series at least two weeks prior to the cruise date (October 8) with any one of the approved vaccines. In addition, you may wear a mask at any time during these activities.