This year, I achieved my objective by completing the Day Skipper practical course successfully in the South of England with Hamble Point Sailing School. The training, which took 5 days, started at Hamble Point marina. The 115NM journey brought me to Yarmouth, Portland harbour, then back to the Solent via the Needles, to East Cowes, and to Gosport near Portsmouth, with plenty of opportunities to practice gybing, tacking, anchoring, berthing, motoring, navigating, piloting, MOB, and… cooking !
A 115NM-round trip South of England
Day Skipper Course Completion Certificate
After my Competent Crew in June, I decided to get some sailing experience as a crew on a 2002 Jeanneau Sunfast 37 (‘Desert Star’) by going on a 375-mile trip in the Irish Sea with Irish Offshore Sailing, a school based in Dun Laoghaire that I know very well. This trip lasted 7 days and I could visit small harbours in Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales and Ireland. The weather was good, there was no rain and some good wind (up to 20 knots). An invaluable experience that I won’t forget ! Next objective : the RYA Day Skipper certification, scheduled for next year…
A 375nm-round trip in the Irish Sea
After some delays due to cold temperatures, I could finally complete my Competent Crew certification with MOSS sailing school, based in Medemblik in the Netherlands. In 5 days, I could learn the basics of sailing, enjoy great weather conditions and visit some of the many marinas of the Ijsselmeer and Waddenzee : Medemblik, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Harlingen, Texel and Den Helder. A very instructive week, I am really glad I have reached my objectives !
Completed with NavAtHome !
More than a year ago, I started sailing in Dun Laoghaire, at the Irish National Sailing School, on a 1720 keelboat. Besides discovering the harbour and its surroundings from the Dublin Bay, which was great fun, I also took it seriously to study and learn about seamanship.