I will preface this by saying I'm not here to prove anything or show off. I'm not trying to have a competition. There's no jingoism here. I'm merely looking for practical information that might help me down the road.
Truly I appreciate all your opinions and input. Please be kind. But if you feel like flambťing me, go ahead.
Boatman recently posted this fabulous link.
It piqued my interest. I can't think of a better thing post-pandemic to do than take some time off, go to Australia
, and up-skill my qualifications, and achieve the coveted RYA yacht master in the process!
The trouble is, I'm not sure where I would fit in.
I have taken ASA-106. Our final on-paper exam was a lot of theory and navigation
for passage-making. Our final on-the-water exam was a 200 nm cruise
that included night sailing and negotiating all manner of treacherous situations in the very place that the ASA
courses are based upon: the fickle waters of Pollock Rip, Nantucket
Sound, and the Elizabeth Islands. It was topped off by a 100 nm passage
in the North Atlantic, outside Cape Cod
, over the route
that persuaded the Pilgrims to turn around. Struth.
Just on paper, that puts me somewhere between RYA coastal skipper
and RYA yacht master.
In reality, what I do on boats reflects that I have the "knowledge and ability to skipper
a yacht on coastal cruises but not necessarily the experience needed to undertake longer passages."
De l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace!
But a very well-informed source on this forum tells me my ASA classes don't hold a candle to RYA. And I believe her.
So, what is it? Should I go back and take all the RYA courses from the beginning? Should I start at Day Skipper? Can I qualify out of any of them?
Damn. While I was typing, I absentmindedly poured two fingers of Old Forrester 1920 Prohibition Style into a glass that still had the remnants of a dram of Arbeg Uegeidail in it.
The horror. The horror.
(Kira, in my signature, is looking up at this missive and wondering when I will STFU and let you speak)