I am a 57, healthy and active guy, residing in Vienna, VA, just outside Washington
, DC. I am ASA
certified for a bareboat charter
as of September 2010. The certification
came from a week's sail aboard a 50 ft. Beneteau
in the San Juan Islands
State. In 2009, I crewed a 50 ft C&C
Landfall up the East coast
from W. Palm Beach to Beaufort
sailing. I have day-sailed once on a 34 ft. Jenneau (I think) and once on a 28 ft. Pacific Seacraft
on the Chesapeake. About 40 years ago, I completed a two week Annapolis Sailing School
course with a week aboard a 22 ft O'Day (without an instructor). Except for occasional hobie cat
rentals at the beach, over the next 40 years, I forgot everying I leaned as I worked to build a law practice. Only in the last two years have I returned to sailing.
I am currently signed up in the BVI
for my first bareboat charter
from April 16 to April 23. Before I put my wife, kid, and relatives at risk, I want to get some more experience.
I do not consider myself an experienced seaman. I still have to think when cleating off a line and knots do not come quickly. While the ASA
course taught paper charting and plotting, surprisingly I have had no experience with a chart plotter. I know, how could a 50 ft boat
not have a chart plotter, but it did not. Only a hand-held gps
was available when it worked, but that is the nature of sailing: things don't always work
but you make do. I do work
, however, and I am a hard worker. I am conscienous on watch and I make a mean sandwich.
Because I work for myself, I can be pretty flexible. I am available any time after January 8, 2011. My preference is for East Coast/Chesapeake trips of a week to a week and 1/2 duration.
Thanks for the time spent reading this missive.