Originally Posted by Zonker
Btw to get the first 800 nm - I am planning to do a "round britain" trip. Since you are located in the solent - would you mind to answer a few questions ?
1) What is the preferred direction : Clockwise or counter clockwise ?
2) I am planning to use a 8m open bridge deck
cat ... and the trip should be during Aug-Feb - is this too crazy ?
I think you are putting the cart before the horse
. I am not saying someone needs the RYA badges before they go 'round britain, but given your low (zero) starting position of knowledge and
experiance they would be a damned useful starting point.....but even then would not automatically equip you for such a venture.
Of course everything is
doable - it is only a question as to whether it is doable by "you".
Which RYA courses to go for? Start at the bottom and keep on going until you can decide for yourself when carrying on no longer serves a purpose for you
. Simply no substitute for time on the water
, especially not when it is you in command (and with no instructor to default to when things hit the fan)....and on that end of things, simply pootling around the bay during the day will teach you things that even sitting on a yacht going transat as 3rd crewhand and bottle washer
will not (even if the latter will also teach you many useful things).
In your shoes, once I had "mastered" the bay
, I would aim for something like around the Isle of Wight, and then to France
. Your navigation
to be pretty good though (as it would need to be going 'round Britain) - one thing going into places you are familiar with, another thing going into places you are not. Especially when cold, wet and tired. Navigation
(the art of not sinking by bumping into stuff
) is more than simply following the dotted line on a Chartplotter
).....no matter how simple and easy a solution that appears