Although I am experienced in powerboats and have some sailing experience, I'd not had any formal training before so thought i'd better do some before I change from power to sail next year. The limited sailing exp' I had was mainly by watching others do it and picking it up myself so it was great to spend a couple of days with an instructor to learn how to do it 'properly'!
Spent a day and a half last week on a Jeannau 36 with two others, one doing a crew course and the other finishing off his RYA coastal skipper
. The last day was posponed until today due to bad weather
and spent the whole day with just myself and the instructor on a Bavaria
37, this time with an in mast furling
sail so I got to use the two main types of sail which was very usefull.
Algeciras bay next to Gibraltar
is ideal for this kind of training and we got some decent wind
today, it was a thrill to be powering along with the toe rail dipping in and out of the water!
If anyone needs any training in Southern Spain
or Gibraltar itself, I'd just like to recommend Hurcules Sailing. Chris, is the owner/instructor and him and his partner, Mandy, were very friendly, helpfull and flexable.
Can't wait to get going properly next year now, roll on 2011!