Hi all, it was just over a year ago that I began posting
here and asking rookie questions about learning
to sail and my long sailing term plans. Since then I have done most of the recommendations offered here (short of buy a boat). I joined the local racing
club and raced this season on a J24 doing most roles (a boat I also was able to skipper
with my wife on weekends), I completed the ASA
series up to 104 and then transitioned to RYA, where I completed both the Day and Coastal Skipper
theory and practical courses. This had me sailing in a wide variety of boats for several weeks in Michigan, Florida
This year of learning
culminated this December when I chartered a FP Helia 44 cat in the BVIs. It was not only my first time chartering anywhere, but also the first time when I was the only "skipper" on the boat (aside for the J24) and the most experienced one. I ran the boat with the help of my wife, who had completed ASA
up to 103 and sailed with me on the J24. All in all it went extremely well aside for a couple of silly (and some embarrassing mistakes
- see below).
We documented the entire trip on our blog bluebuddhaadventures.com
This link takes to the day-to-day account of the trip.
A few highlights include
- The mystery clogged head
due to a missing holding tank
- The time we lost steering
- The time I almost hit a reef with the dinghy
- The time the if you think you need to reef its too late slogan became reality (Day 7
- The time I refused to turn on the engines I made the crew endure 5 hours of 30+ tacks against the current
- And the time I docked the cat at a ridiculously narrow spot (like a boss!; Day 9
I hope some of the newbies and old salts enjoy these reports.
2016 will be even better. We are charting a Bavaria
45 in Grenada
in March, a L400 in BVIs in May, and a L450 in the BVI in December. I will also be racing
the entire reason in the Great Lakes
and hope to do the Tortola to Bermuda passage
on a ARC-USA boat, which will be my first real ocean passage
Thank you all for the support during this amazing first year of sailing.
Here is the video of my doing the tricky parking job. The fun starts at 2:10.