Originally Posted by LittleWing77
Hello from Toronto, Bugzy!
Your response was thoughtful.
I can tell you a couple of things from my training
(RYA Yachtmaster Offshore) - part of one of the levels is an exercise where you're required to sail the boat
alone (rudder lashed in the middle), so you know how to direct her using the sails
in the event you've lost steering
(they also teach you how to attach the emergency
tiller). It is also a potential emergency
scenario the Examiners can use as a fake-"emergency" during the three-day exam.
As far as finding land with no electrics, there's a nav technique called sun-run-sun or just a running fix based on your compass
course and how many miles covered in a day where you can plot your estimated position.
Finally, there are a number of ways of signalling distress
and the like - as for me I always keep a handheld VHF
separate and with fresh batteries
in my ditch bag in the event of untoward scenarios like that. Once when I was teaching a Coastal Skipper
course, we ran aground at Lymington and a passing boat called out did we need a tow? So never underestimate the good samaritans among us sailors!
But, as regards that guy and his situation, I suppose he just didn't know what he didn't know.
Anyway, there are a lot of options out there.
The RYA yacht master practical exam does not include and never has, sailing with a locked rudder
Not have I ever seen a request to use an emergency rudder
. The examiner will often ask the candidate to identify where the emergency rudder is and ask about why it might be used etc.
As itís an overnight exam , ( itís not three days thatís for sure ) one day and a night ( so as to the lights and other night exercises) the examiner also uses the 1-2 day process to see you are feeding your crew properly ( meals
prepared to suit the circumstances. )
RYA examinations for not include any actions of an emergency nature , the examination may seek to put you into theoretical situations , like the famous ď blind navigation
ď test but at no time is the boat ď actually ď placed in any emergency mode ( like locking a rudder ) , turning off the engine
, of course is not regarded as an emergency on a sailing boat !! so you ate typically asked to perform common activities under sail alone
The RYA exam while it probes your knowledge of ways to handle the boat on bad weather
, does not seek to examine your actual practical knowledge of either heavy weather
sailing or survival conditions
Given your mis information , i suspect you actually havenít taken the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore