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Old 09-03-2015, 09:40   #16
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Re: Sailing School - BlueBuddha Learns to Sail!

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[QUOTE:] Two weeks later the same thing happened on different boat (coincidentally another Jeanneau 42)

Not trying to hijack the thread, but just curious... Same model year Jeanneau? I only ask because I am watching for one in my price range.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:44   #17
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Well not quite, but we are on our way!

Hi all, I just came back from a week in Florida doing the ASA 101, 103, 104, and 114 program. I posted a day by day summary of the experience in our blog:

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Thanks to all who gave me tips about the learning to sail process. This was a great start in the long journey to becoming a competent skipper. Fair winds! BB.

What school did you go to? Im considering Norton's in Deltaville, Virginia, in the spring.
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What school did you go to? Im considering Norton's in Deltaville, Virginia, in the spring.
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I am taking my courses in the summer. Have been reading daily through the books. Was wondering if the tests were Multiple Choice or a mixture of MC and fill in the blank like the texts are?
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I am taking my courses in the summer. Have been reading daily through the books. Was wondering if the tests were Multiple Choice or a mixture of MC and fill in the blank like the texts are?
All tests, except for 114, were multiple choice. They get progressively harder (or "less easy" actually) with 104 being the most challenging but still relatively easy if you study the 104 book well. There were a surprising number of engine repair questions and some very fun navigation questions :-). Best of luck!
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Re: Sailing School - BlueBuddha Learns to Sail!

Hi all, for the next phase of the formal part of my training (yes I am going to get lots of non-formal practice in between) I am considering doing a RYA mile building week (300miles) followed by the RYA Coastal Skipper theory and Practical courses instead of ASA 105-106.

From what I have read, including some threads here in CF, a RYA mile building trip plus Coastal skipper courses seem more comprehensive and intense than ASA 105-106. What are people's thoughts on this? Specifically, do you agree that the RYA may be a good idea instead of doing ASA 105-106?

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Re: Sailing School - BlueBuddha Learns to Sail!

I haven't done RYA courses but I think you should work toward your yachtmaster and using RYA courses is probably the most effective way. Btw, someone showed me a very cool app for yachtmaster training. It seemed very detailed. I'm not sure what've name of it was but maybe someone can chime in.
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Re: Sailing School - BlueBuddha Learns to Sail!

I'd recommend lots of time on water.

You have some book learning and have had some boat handling. Now you gotta use those skills.

Although future courses that teach navigation etc. will be worthwhile for sure.


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I'd recommend lots of time on water.

You have some book learning and have had some boat handling. Now you gotta use those skills.

Although future courses that teach navigation etc. will be worthwhile for sure.


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Yes, for sure. I will be on the water almost every weekend this season until my next course. I definitely value time on the water greatly! I told the wife it's part of the training so that's why I have to be on a sailboat every weekend
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I haven't done RYA courses but I think you should work toward your yachtmaster and using RYA courses is probably the most effective way. Btw, someone showed me a very cool app for yachtmaster training. It seemed very detailed. I'm not sure what've name of it was but maybe someone can chime in.
Thanks, I will look it up.

Yeah, the Yachtmaster certification gives me something to focus my efforts (and justify the mile-builder trips ). Sounds like a good goal for the 2016 season :-).
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Re: Sailing School - BlueBuddha Learns to Sail!

BlueBudda, I remember when I got my first pilot's license the examiner said, "This is your license to learn how to fly well!" Sailing is the same. We have coastal cruised for four and a half years and it is a learning experience.
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Whether or not it's deserved, I don't know, but the RYA seems to be the best known and most respected training organization internationally.


I'd be interested to hear from anybody who has done RYA and ASA to hear what they think about the differences.
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Whether or not it's deserved, I don't know, but the RYA seems to be the best known and most respected training organization internationally.


I'd be interested to hear from anybody who has done RYA and ASA to hear what they think about the differences.

I have tickets from both organisations.

The ASA doesn't really have the equivalent of the YM , YM certification are essentially not training courses at all, they are awarded by exam to people with some sea miles ( 3000, 50 days on board etc ) a Who demonstrate they are capable of skippering a yacht in all weathers.


So the RYA has both a training element ( day and coastal skipper etc ) and a certification type process as well ( YM )


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