On Friday morning, July 10, 2009, after a day of preparation, our ocean-going vessel, CELESTIAL, an Island Packet 440 departed Mystic CT bound for Northeast Harbor, near Bar Harbor Maine via an advanced coastal route. The cruise has an estimated distance of 375 miles, and will take approximately 7 days. Aboard CELESTIAL are: Captain Jochen Hoffmann (VA), and student crewmembers Mike Poole (PA), David McKay (NJ), Claire Moore (MD), Gabriel Moore (MD) and Mary Burrows (MD). On Sunday, Captain Hoffman reported via Skymate that all is well aboard CELESTIAL. They had rested up in Provincetown, MA and prepared for their 120 NM overnight passage to Casoc Bay, and were now underway. Weather has been good so far, sunny and clear with winds at 15 knots from the south. For the overnight passage, winds are expected to continue from the south with gusts to 25 knots and a chance of thunderstorms.
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