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Student Log Book

The following entries are students’ written responses expressing their personal experiences and reactions to sailing classes with R&R Charters and Sail School.

Students' entries will not necessarily be written in a formal log book style. The goal is to have R&R Charters and Sail School students share their experiences with other students as well as with future students. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as the students enjoyed sharing.

ASA 104 – May 10, 11, 12, 13, 2013

Annapolis, Maryland is really beautiful and was so much fun to visit. We spent 4 days aboard Zufrieden, a 37-foot sloop rig with our captain Dave. We were going for our ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering certification, which we accomplished with flying colors. This trip was a little bit different than our last one to the Florida Keys because it was more about the inner-workings of the sailboat. Yes, we did a lot of sailing, but it was more about how to work all of the systems aboard the boat, and how to maintain them.

It's important to remember that when you sail, your boat is your island. You need to understand how everything works, and more importantly, how to fix everything, should there be a problem. You have to be your own safety-net at sea. So, our course this time focused more on boat maintenance, cooking, engine repair, navigation systems, charting, plotting a course, navigating through channels (almost like heavy traffic in the ocean) and so much more.

This trip was definitely an adventurous one. Every day we had stronger winds than the day before, and one day we had such strong winds we had to drop the sails and motor to our location, because the boat couldn’t handle the weather. It was a lot of hard work sailing in heavy weather, and we also learned a lot more about what kind of boat we'd like to sail. This sailboat was smaller than our last one, so it was more effected by the wind, waves and weather.

Jake & Jill

ASA 118 – Docking Endorsement - August 19, 2012

The Docking Instruction has dramatically improved my ability to handle my vessel! I've had a chance to employ many of the techniques you showed me, in a range of conditions, including some of the warping approaches. Everyday docking has been night and day since, after learning how to properly back a sailboat into a slip, and Gina rarely has to be involved in the docking process – unless of course she wants to be!

This weekend, as we were moving the boat from the South River to the Patapsco for the winter, I realized that many of my seamanship skills beyond the basic mechanics of sailing, such as navigation, docking, safety procedures, etc. are a result of your instruction. Thanks again for all of the excellent teaching – I'm looking forward to sailing with you in the future.


ASA 104 – September 16, 17, 18, 19, 2011

Our ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering class was a truly memorable and fun-filled adventure. On the first day we started with a sail from Kent Narrows to the Wye River, where we had a very peaceful and picturesque overnight anchorage surrounded by a bird sanctuary.

Our second day destination was Annapolis. While underway, we monitored our plotted courses by taking hand-held compass bearings. In Annapolis, we picked up a mooring in the harbor right off the seawall at the US Naval Academy. After launching the dinghy, we motored to shore, enjoyed a great dinner, and walked around the historic downtown.

On the third day, the wind began to increase and we learned to beat into it with a 30° heel while sailing under the William Preston Lane Bridge (Bay Bridge). I even managed to prepare a special Russian lunch while the boat was enjoying this fantastic heel! That night we decided to anchor in the Chester River.

It is just amazing how different and beautiful the Chesapeake Bay can be – three nights; three different experiences. I must say that we learned a lot. The course was packed with very useful and practical knowledge. I truly appreciate the mentoring from our Captain David Renoll, and look forward to more sailing with R&R Charters and Sail School.