I have been negligent in updating this.....sorry.
My wife and I did go on our learn to sail vacation
in May. I chose water
in Fort Lauderdale Blue Water Sailing School, ASA Bareboat Certifications, Offshore Sailing, Navigation & Seamanship
They sent out books
as soon as I registered and we had about a month to study them before the trip. I read thru each book twice and that really is key to doing well on the tests. It helps pass the time while you are waiting for the trip and then I was really able to enjoy the sailing experience and on board lessons without needing to study on the boat.
The course we took combined Basic Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) , Bareboat
Chartering (ASA 104) and ASA
114 - Cruising Catamaran
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale
around 12:30 or so and took a taxi to the dock
. The school provided a map and directions. We were early and no one was there so we got lunch at a great little sub shop around the corner. When we got back students and instructors started to trickle in.
We met our instructor Captain
Bill and two other students. There were 4 cabins and 4 heads on the cat, so it worked perfect since my wife and I shared one. We made a grocery shopping
list and Cap'n Bill held a class and gave us a homework assignment and then he left to sleep ashore. We all went out to dinner at PF Changs and the slept on the boat.
Next morning Bill showed up with the food
, we stowed everything had a short class room lecture and discussed plans for the day. We fired up the twin diesels and motored out thru the canals, thru 2 drawbridges and out to open ocean.
We raised sails
and sailed south to the port of Miami
, motored thru there and the anchored in Biscayne Bay. The students took turns at helm
, navigator and lookout. Bill gave orders, kept us on track but let us do everything. He was very firm that we concentrate on sailing and didn't let us side track the conversation for more thatn a couple minutes. He kept drilling us with questions on points of sail. Everyone took 1/2 hour shifts at each position then we would rotate.
After that we got into a routine for a few days.
Wake, coffee, take a writtten test, check the weather radio
, plot courses for the day, sail and drill on tacking, jybing, navigating channels, man over board, etc.....
Find a nice spot for anchor
in the evening, take a quick dip in the water to cool off, cook dinner and have a drink.
was perfect all week. It was calm in the bay, winds were 10-15 in the afternoons and we all got along famously.
I do reccommend Blue Water
. It was exactly what I was looking for.
Next step...a charter in the British Virgins while we continue to look for a boat.