Originally Posted by markje4
I am planning to do the "zero to hero" Yachtmaster Fastrack next year. I have no allusions as to what the qualification will be worth but at 56 I am not doing it to get a job.
As a daysailer, I am looking for intensive training with resident expert and will then hopefully practise, practise, practise what I have learnt as I singlehand around the Med.
Biggest problem exhibited by the zero to hero is where the training has predominantly been in zero tide. The concentrated training reinforces the problem.
That being said, there are very good YM from that system just as there are from the normal system, there are also very bad ones - the biggest sign of the better, is the recognition that this is just the start!
I recently passedmy YM Practical (after 21 years!!!!!) and have during that period also done shore courses, as I like to identify those "bad" shortcuts that you get into the habit of doing.