Originally Posted by muttnik
Just wondering but are you British? I'm wondering if some of your issues might be cultural and possibly down to higher expectations than are likely to be met in the context of average solent sailing schools.
Indeed. I haven't attended any of these courses, but the comments sound strange to me.
If you want a luxury holiday, then book a cruise
. This is supposed to be more of a boot camp, and I would consider it wrong priorities if a lot of time and money
were spent on food
and the like. Doing the course on a shoestring, also -- well that's very much like real cruising! Anchoring
out because you don't want to spend money
on a marina -- ditto! Welcome to cruising.
As to the instruction -- this is where the energy should be focused, and the key to value of these courses is the quality of instructors and how well they get through a well thought out syllabus. You should not, however, expect to actually get from an actual "zero" to an actual "hero". You can't learn to be a sailor in two weeks, you can only lay a good foundation for it.
As to making tea --
This is a proxy for eagerness and helpfulness, which are essential qualities for a sailor. On my boat, everyone, including the skipper
, is always making tea for everyone else, and I think this is part of seafaring culture altogether. A crew who never lifted a finger to make tea for his fellows -- would probably get left at the next port, but I've never encountered such a person. Goes against our code.