Another exciting Maryland School Advanced Coastal Training cruise began today in the Virgin Islands aboard CELESTIAL, our IP 440. The adventuresome crew, consisting of John Beard, Mike Brown, Jim Wallace, Chip Lohman and instructor Captain Lee Tucker began work bright and early today preparing for departure. This evening, Captain Tucker e-mailed the following:
Today we provisioned, filled propane tanks, fueled the dinghy and assigned day 1 crew positions:
John-Bosun and mate
All mechanical systems were reviewed, safety, MOB and abandon ship gear inspected and demonstrated. All running and standing rigging inspected and belowdecks systems checked. Presentations were made for each system by the respective crewmember. We began the overall navigation plan tonight, establishing a tentative cruise plan, subject to weather.
I have assigned rotating crew assignments each day. Friday, Mike is navigator of the day, Chip is engineer, Jim is bosun and John is skipper. Crew positions will rotate each day as will galley duty with each meal.
Weather today was moderate: 84 deg, wind 20-22 ENE PC. Tuesday/Tues night it was E 25-30 gusts to 45 due to a high pressure system just north of us.
Our plan tomorrow takes us East, toward St John, possibly the VI National Park waters. This will place us well for clearing into the BVI at Jost Van Dyke.
Lee Tucker, Captain
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