In 1990, I was the navigator of FS COLBERT (C611) as the US Navy officer on exchange with the French Navy (one of two of us, actually, and my buddy Vince got the gig as an instructor at the Naval Academy in Brest).
One day we got the call.
- The Trip (Toulon, France to Sevastopol via Bonifacio, Messina, Aegean, Dardanelles, Istanbul, Bosphorus, and Black Sea)
- Sevastopol, USSR, 1990
- Why We Love To Spend Money
- The Inspiration
We're going to do an historic visit to the port of Sevastopol in the then, still, Soviet Union, in the Black Sea.
As navigator of COLBERT, this was the fun. Toulon to Sevastopol.
Get out the charts and start drawing tracks and calculating various transit times. Open ocean is easy and standard, usually 12-15 knots (13-17 MPH). But...