Sunday, June 8, 2014

Notes from Brad Cole: Annapolis to Bermuda Race with the Naval Academy

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Brad Cole, in the role of coach for the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team,  is currently racing from Annapolis to Bermuda.  He kindly allowed me to post his photos and notes.




Two Navy 44's from the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team (VOST), "INTEGRITY" and "GALLANT." (Summer training for the Midshipmen.) Getting ready to sail to Bermuda with Navy in Annapolis to Bermuda Race.  "INTEGRITY" dressed and ready to head out to the pre-start parade.

Not much wind, but lots of sunshine here in Naptown...

My fellow coach studying the Jennifer Clark Gulf Stream predictions/forecast. 

DEFIANCE will be racing in Newport to Bermuda.

Dock lines dropped, departed Santee Basin....

Holland McCabe

Pre-start parade in Annapolis Harbor underway...

Grundy's Alden Schooner.  He is taking that down on this race to house his Newport to Bermuda crew. He will be racing his new Carkeek 47, "Grundoom" in the N to B.

We started at 1345. "GALLANT" got off the line a little ahead of us. Enough breeze to move us along...  We are on a beam reaching on port tack in 12-14 knots of true wind. 

1630 and wind has gone light...






...Assistant navigator (A Nav), Zach, keeps his watch sailing the boat on an optimal course. 

Sun going down. Hopefully wind will come back up overnight.  

 I'm on watch until 2400 and then again at 0400. Four hour watches at night, three hour during the day.   Glad to be through Bridge Tunnel and into ocean!  Boat is now moving well and  we are on a beam reach making SOG of 7.2 under a beautiful starry sky.  I'll loose cell service as soon as we exit the Chesapeake Bay, and be out of communications until we reach Bermuda on Wednesday or Thursday if winds are light.  Next update from St, George's, Bermuda.  Dark 'n Stormy here I come! 


Track the race here: http://trackleaders.com/bermuda14

9 comments:

snowysailor said...

Brad, don't forget the wedge of lime in the D&S to keep the scurvy away! (Aren't there any direct flights to Bermuda so you don't have to waste all that time on the ocean just to get a fresh squirt of Goslings)?
Happy sailing!

JDS said...

A COUPLE of Dark and Stormys, after a ride like that. I'm envious. I've been to Bermuda but not that way.

Holly A Tompkins said...

@Snowysailor - Brad prefers bitters over limes. I think he picked it up in Bermuda, so it's only fitting. Or heck, don't leave land and have a fresh supply of DnS any time. No booze whatsoever on the Navy boats, as it should be. But I can confirm that with such a slow go down the Bay, Brad was itching for a cold beer late Saturday!

Anonymous said...

I was just down in Annapolis...standing at the top of Main Street at Church Circle. The view down the hill and out over the water is spectacular...especially on a clear day.

snowysailor said...

Holly,
life at sea must be deterioating; what happened to the daily Navy grog on long passages... :-)
And bitters in your Black Seal??? The poor man has been at sea for too long.. What is the world coming to...?

Jennings and Gates said...

What a fantastic and practical offshore passage-making training experience it is for the cadets to race from Annapolis to Bermuda. Celestial nav., heavy weather sailing (hope not), plotting and drift and piloting on top of all of the other coastal and racing skills. Being out of sight of land changes everything. How exciting for them. Best of luck! xo, N.G.

Patsy said...

Sail fast! Good luck! Some friends did Marblehead/Hailfax with Jim Grundy last year. What a boat that is!!

Anonymous said...

Our 11 year old twin daughters just finished a regatta an hour ago and were so enthralled by this post of the big, big league! What a special insight and privilege for us here on the west coast to get a tiny taste of this incredible experience! Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth

Flo said...

Great photos and interesting commentary, I always learn something at TDP. Now I'm looking forward to seeing the next pics--especially Brad and his D & S!