So being a freshly minted skipper
which just means I know probably just enough to be dangerous, I figured joining in on a charter
holiday with an experienced skipper
would be a great way to build up some miles and fill up the empty bag of experience... we sail off with relatives on the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean
... Hmm wait a second. Shouldn't there have been at least a quick briefing where the life vests are? Oh well. I took the guests aside and explained to them what the life raft is for and the EPIRB
and so on.. And how to radio
in case of an emergency
... Oh wait a second. The radio
.. Is out?.. Hmmm ok radio on. This skipper is starting to annoy me. Beer
is already in his hand. Hmm k.
Time to anchor
on a nice bay.. Some yachts are already there. He gives the instructions to drop the anchor
and I think.. Hmm we are going to land right on top of that other guys anchor I tell the skipper. "Na it will be fine" ok.. Sure enough we end up a bit too close to the other boat. Dude on a speedo comes up and complains (in my opinion rightly so) .. Our skipper tries to ignore him. Eventually he agrees to pull the anchor and go elsewhere. Almost outside the bay with very little protection. Ok .. let's eat something.
We are underway and our destination
is dead on downwind. He has only the Genoa
out. Since we are sailing dead downwind the apparent wind
drops and the slatting of the sail from side to side eventually annoys him enough so he immediately starts the engine
and we motor
the rest of the way downwind.. In 15 knots ..
Anyway .. After an episode trying to dock
on a wall with offshore wind
where the yacht got a couple of minor scratches before eventually giving up on that maneuver completely, motoring while beautiful yachts cruise
by with one reef on the main (12 knots of wind.. damn! no wind again!! Motor
on!!) .. Now I am just ready to throw this guy over board but I know the rest of the crew won't support me. After all he is the skipper with 25 years experience and they have always done things this way and this is how it is done.. Who am I to challenge that? Just cause you just got a license
and bought yourself a boat u think u know everything? Punk!!
Time to go back to our boat and start the real learning