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Old 11-03-2016, 18:00   #16
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Re: abbreviations and first boat

Originally Posted by daw_two View Post
What does this mean?

90NM ?= 90 Newton Meters?
90NM ?= 90 nanometers?

BRNG ?= Bring

105T ?= 105 thousand?
105T ?= 105 tons?

Ah, might want to include some navigation in those sailing classes.

90NM (90 nautical miles).

BRNG (bearing...or just BRG)

105T (105 in bearing 105 True)

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Old 15-03-2016, 20:08   #17
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Tortola, BVI

Anyone in Tortola? I'm traveling tomorrow for 2 days of scuba and 8 days of sailing lessons.

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Old 01-04-2016, 07:37   #18
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Hi All.

Okay, my trip to the BVI was just amazing! I'm hooked on sailing (and diving, but that's a different story).

I completed 2 days of basic keelboat training under "Jim" at Swain in Nanny Cay on an IC24 (converted J24). Wow! What a thrill it was to be in 1-3 foot seas with 20knots of wind the first time out! Yes, I was excited.

The next 6 days, I lived on board to take the 103&104 classes on a Beneteau 44'; the first day was mainly motoring straight into the wind. "The Silver Fox", John, is a 21 year veteran of the BVI and taught us a lot. I learned the saying:
"There are old sailors and there are bold sailors".

John was very aware of Murphy and how things often break in 3's. During his first 3 years in the BVI, he did 30 rescues off the reef between Mosquito Island and Prickly Pear Island on the north side of Virgin Gorde.

My last 2 days of sailing/learning under John, we were in 4-6 foot seas with 25 knots of wind; on a close reach the first day; broad reach the second day. Fun times!!!

I told each of my instructors I was a sponge. I soaked up a lot and I'm hooked. The seven year plan is in play.

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