Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bermuda to Norfolk Ocean Training Cruise, June 6-13, 2014

CELESTIAL, our IP 440 departed St Georges Harbor, Bermuda on June 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM EDT after two preparation days. The crew members are: Captain Tom Tursi (Pennsylvania), First Mate George "Nordie" Norwood (Florida), and student crew members Bob Louton (Pennsylvania), Wayne Rigby (Delaware), Greg Sachs (New York) and Jerry Murphy (Virginia). They are picture here in Bermuda during their "departure Dinner".  CELESTIAL will make the passage to Norfolk, Virginia via a non-stop ocean route. The cruise has an estimated distance of 650 miles, and will take approximately 6 days, sailing both day and night.   We will discuss the route, weather and actual progress here on our blog as it happens, so please join us! To follow the discussion, see the comments to this blog post. To follow their actual progress on Google Earth, click HERE.

12 comments:

Rita Hanson said...

From: Capt Tom Tursi aboard S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: 6-8 Status
Date: June 8, 2014 3:09:50 PM EDT
To: MD School

Departed BDA 1145 today. Winds 25 to 35 SW. Squally but no lightening.
Position 1500 3234N 6441W
COG 307M
SOG 5.5 kt
Destination Diamond Shoal light.
Current Wx brightening skies. Wind same.
T

Rita Hanson said...

From: Capt Tom Tursi aboard S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: Status 6-9
Date: June 9, 2014 6:50:05 AM EDT
To: MD School

Rough start yesterday with the tail end of that Low lingering, Three tender tummies improving. But sun is now shining and balmy breezes blow. All off watch crew sleeping and Jerry and I are motor sailing in 12 knot winds from the north making 295M. Good day for celestial shots.

T

Rita Hanson said...

From: Capt Tom Tursi aboard S/V CELESTIAL
Date: June 9, 2014 at 5:49:18 PM EDT
To: office@mdschool.com
Subject: Monday Afternoon Update

Bright sunny day here. Low wind. Crew recovering... Sitting up and taking nourishment.

T

Julie Rigby said...

Wayne and the crew of Celestial,It's great to hear that things are going well. Weather is hot and unsettled on the Eastern Shore. We are all (including Ayden) fine, and Spring Spirit is fine, too. Keep up the posts. See you soon. Jule

Rita Hanson said...

From: S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: situation report
Date: June 11, 2014 9:15:34 AM EDT
To: office@mdschool.com

All is well. The journey began with a little rough weather associated with a cold front and low pressure area passing north of Bermuda. We motorsailed tuesday due to low winds but began sailing this morning with 15kt SW winds and fair seas. Celestial and crew are about 200nm east of Cape Hatteras moving east at around 6kts close hauled. Be home in two days.
Bob Louton
Crew SV Celestial.

Rita Hanson said...

From: S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: Status 6-11
Date: June 11, 2014 2:23:29 PM EDT
To: MD School

We’'ve had two days of sunny skies and balmy breezes from the SE then S and SW at 10 to 15 with comfortable sailing and moderate seas. Last night very humid and today heavy rain squalls which we rode out in fine style none the worse for the wear. We a’re about 180 miles from C. Hatteras and maybe 130 miles from Gulf Stream. Currently motorsailing in the calms following the squalls. Crew doing well and all have appetites back. Monday dinner was beef stew ala Dinty Moore, and Tuesday was pasta and meat balls in tomato
sauce of which all partook.

1340 position 3404N 7155W
COG 280M
SOG 5.0 kt
Sunny
Wind light SW

Rita Hanson said...

From: S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: Bermuda Cruise Update
Date: June 12, 2014 3:31:29 PM EDT
To: office@mdschool.com

1500 Thur, June 12. Nearing Cape Hatteras and starting to turn N. Weather has included rain and gusty conditions to 20 kts but generally too light from SW to sail consistently. Have been motor sailing most of the trip. All crew well and looking forward to VA Friday. Seeing birds and flying fish as well as Gulf Stream seaweed but all ships have passed too far for visual sightings.

W. Rigby, communications/weather

Rita Hanson said...

From: S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: ETA
Date: June 12, 2014 6:27:19 PM EDT
To: MD School

ETA Saturday before noon.

We're in the Gulf Stream and expect to exit this evening. So far so good, but expect more squalls tonight. This has been a wet and squally trip!

T

Rita Hanson said...

From: S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: Situation Report 6-13
Date: June 13, 2014 6:44:23 AM EDT
To: MD School
Bob Thanks Wx

0620 position 3603N 7514W
Winds 10-17 from 215M
COG 339M
SOG 5.8 kt
Adverse tidal current
Very humid
Mostly clear with cumulus and stratus
62 nm to C. Henry

Rita Hanson said...

From: S/V CELESTIAL
Subject: Update, 13 June, Sea-day 6
Date: June 13, 2014 1:58:04 PM EDT
To: MD School

Hello Rita! I write with the student update on our progress & disposition. It is a beautiful morning & we are making good headway. While we may be motor-sailing right now, this is okay as we are eager to be shoreside. Going on Day 6 we have reached the point in our voyage where we reflect upon all that we have learned.. Such as: We can eat good meals even with only one pot (kudos to the Tursi menu); Don't fight the squall! (keep the relative wind close hauled at ~60 degrees) & you will emerge fine; A clean ship is a happy ship, especially on ocean voyages (thanks Nordie); Draw on each other's strengths, reflect & improve your weaknesses (of which I especially have many!); & much more. We are honored to sail with both Captain Tursi (a legend in our circles) & First Mate Nordie, both of which are amazing & patient instructors. Parting thought: Sailing is not like other hobbies; sailing is a "macro hobby" involving many other hobbies/talents: diesel mechanic, electrician, navigation, weatherman, international customs, physical ability, psychological assessing, attention to detail, love of challenge, sense of adventure & so much more. Perhaps that's why we like it so much. Greg Sachs, signing off.

Rita Hanson said...

S/V CELESTIAL arrived in Bermuda at 1930 Friday June 2014. All is well with with ship and crew. Congratulations to crewmembers Bob Louton, Greg Sachs, Jerry Murphy and Wayne Rigby, and a very special thanks to First Mate Nordie Norwood for a job well done!

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