Upcoming Blue Water Passage from Norfolk to St. Thomas

October 31, 2018 0 By Captain Jim

After 20+ years of sailing up and down the Chesapeake Bay, I am about to venture offshore from Norfolk to St. Thomas as part of a blue water training cruise.  I have been offshore in the Gulf of Mexico overnight and I have made numerous night passages in the Chesapeake but never multi-day/night passages.

This week I will be on-board Gallivant, a 1988 Pearson 39.  Gallivant is the training vessel for the Delmarva Sailing School.   Gallivant was re-fitted from the keep up and as you can see from the photos at the school’s website, she looks great.  I also respect Pearsons, having owned and refitted SamaSama, a Person 30 myself.

We will depart from Vinings Landing Marina in Norfolk on or after November 1st, the officially recognized end of hurricane season.

This is a video of a cruise on Gallivant when she was based in Red Hook USVI:

The cruise is an official ASA training cruise and I will certify for ASA 106 (advanced coastal cruising) and ASA 108 (Blue water passage making).  We will be using celestial navigation during the cruise but the vessel is fully equipped with modern electronics.  I took ASA 107 (celestial navigation) over the past winter through the Maryland School of Sailing and Seamanship.  The course was offered online.  It is challenging and rewarding and really helps to provide an understanding of celestial bodies, time and all of the pieces of navigation.  A good video is available on youtube from Tom Tursi, the author Celestial Navigation for the ASA.

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