Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our 200th advanced training cruise!

On July 21st CELESTIAL, our Island Packet 440 ocean sailing yacht departed Bar Harbor, ME for our 200th advanced training cruise bound for Mystic, CT with a crew of six sailors onboard under the charge of Captain Jochen Hoffmann.

On July 24th, I sent the following weather summary to CELESTIAL by Skymate email:
I have you near Provincetown. Received your 2 emails with subject but no text. You've had tough sledding. Low to pass E this afternoon. Expect E30 backing to NW tonight and to S on Saturday.

Later on July 24th, Captain Jochen sent the following email:
Thanks for Skymate response. Its surface analysis raised the alarm for me. VHF revised too late to make safe gunkhole before dark, and still had gusts to 30. Actually had 35 by 0400; triple reefed all sails. Hove to 4 hours outside shipping lanes. Moored 1200. Crew was great, rose to the 200th cruise milestone. Staying overnite... J

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