Been a while since my first post so though I would update the progress so far.
As of November last year we are certified "Competent Crew" sailors. Course was conducted in Sydney
Harbour on a 32 footer. Wind
was excellent, around 10-15 k every day. Sun was out and the harbour was at its very best.
Since then we've been out for a night sail which certainly gave a different perspective on navigation
. To be honest we came away a bit concerned about a few of the navigations lights around Sydney Harbour. Wouldn't be too keen about sailing into the harbour around sunset. Once again the wind
was good and the weather
mild. T-shirts and shorts still fine at 11pm at night.
On this past weekend we chartered our first yacht out on Pittwater (body of water
just north of Sydney Harbour). This was the first time we sailed without any instructor on board and we passed with flying colours. The boat was a 31 foot Bavaria
which would be fair to say was set up on the conservative side. The weather
was not as kind this time. We had a distinct lack of wind at various times which forced us to motor
. We also got a wet backside when a few showers that had been threatening most of the day decided to dump upon us. Still enjoyed the day very much.
We are now exploring a couple of options. Perhaps joining a mile catchers program either up or down the Queensland
cost for 10 days. Or maybe just cruising around the Whitsundays for a few days. I'm more likely to give racing
a go but my partner is less competetive and is of a "cruising" bent.
We'd also be very keen for more experience around Sydney, so if you are on the look out for crew who are not that experienced but are keen to learn then send me a message. I must admit we have looked longingly out to the open ocean beyond the harbour and wondered what sticking the nose of the boat out for a while would be like. Unfortunately chartering rules forbid us to do this.
That will do for now. The sailing bug has definitely bit. I'll keep you guys updated as we gain more experience.