Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I did go through your entire presentation and did use a paper chart and compass
to get from Ponza up to Rome in oder to refresh my memory. Thank you much.
As far as an aging brain issue, it was much more difficult to memorize the lights, strobe sequences and marker bouys than it was even ten years ago.... this surprised me. Turns out that bringing the boat
up here solo, a 110 two day somewhat easy adventure was most of the test skills, so when the test instructor toured the boat and saw that I had jacklines
in place, life vest with harness that had been obviously used etc, etc and that her friends at the marina had listened to me contact them on the radio
, watched me come in and wait in tight quarters while they located an empty mooring
, and then watch me Med moor (stern in) the boat myself without them having to use their dinghy
tug or assist.... The test was mostly complete. If I'd chosen instead to take the train up and had tested on a charter
boat, the skill portion would have been more intensive. It was much better taking the test on my own boat, where I have confidence on how it will respond.
I was actually very worried and nervous about not passing since I've never had any formal training. The one single
big wake up call I had from preparing for the test, was the need to make a permanent placard at the helm
for directions on how to make a Mayday or Pan Pan call on the VHF
. I Spoke with the instructor about this when we discussed man overboard
issues. I told her the story of my man and dog overboard
and how I'd used the Lifesling to get them back in just a few minutes and how contrary to what the book teaches, there really isn't any time to waste calling for help. It needs to get done ASAP especially if they're not wearing life jackets and all that can be seen is their tiny heads from 200'meters as in my case, she agreed. But if I fall overboard, others will need the helm
placard for directions.
All in all, it was a good and rewarding experience.
I learned and now I have another stunningly beautiful friend who knows all the best anchorages
and restaurants up and down the entire Italian, Sardinian and Sicilian coastlines.