Last week my wife, son(17) and I attended a sailing course put on by LTD sailing school
. First let me say that if you're looking to learn how to sail going for a week on a 44 foot catamaran
is a great way to go. None of us had any sailing experience and our instructor definitely took a crawl -walk -run approach. We were expected to have studied all of sailing 101 prior to arriving so that we at least understood the basics. The nice thing about living on the boat
was that we were engaged in learning
from 8 AM to 5 PM every day. Having seven days on the boat
give us plenty of time to practice tacking, jibing, Man overboard
, learning the systems of the boat, plotting, triangulation, dead reckoning, and of course Learning how to use a two engine
system to navigate crowded anchorages
The cost was substantial but oh so worth it in the end. Chris from LTD was outstanding with his communication in the weeks leading up to the trip. We had a good idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the week aboard the catamaran
. RJ was our sailing instructor but he did a whole lot more to make the trip awesome. After the trip was over you realize that he was up every morning breakfast, making dinner, snorkel guide and a whole lot more. He was very patient with us newbies and made the whole trip fun.
As far as the sailing itinerary....
The first two days were spent on the Leeward side of Grenada
Learning all the basics and living on the hook by nightfall. Day three we headed north about 22 miles to Carriacou and anchored in Tyrell bay. Day four we headed north to petite St. Vincent, a private picturesque island. Day five we headed back to Carriacou and anchored at Hillsborogh. Day six we headed back down to the underwater sculptures in Grenada. Day seven ended at the Marina we started from in Grenada.
If you're looking to get your 101, 103, 104, 114 certifications and I highly recommend this course with LTD in Grenada. If you're looking to use the autopilot
, at all, then this is not the course for you! RJ talked to us on the first morning and explained that if we just wanted a good vacation
that was OK but don't expect to get your certifications by relaxing on the beach or snorkeling every day.
Now we just need to find a way to keep practicing what we learned in San Antonio Texas
ha ha Ha. Does anyone in Corpus Christi need a crew?