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.