One year ago yesterday L & I decided to take an introductory sailing lesson. The very next day we signed up for a series of classes and experiences with the intent of advancing through enough levels to be able to bareboat charter sailboats word wide. This past weekend we completed the final course that allows us to do just that (which means we “skipper” the boat ourselves without hiring a captain).
Friday night we met at the marina just before sunset. After getting the boat ready with the help of the other four students the six of us (plus instructor) cast off. We arrived at our Friday night anchoring spot in Long Beach harbor just after mid-night (Saturday morning). At dawn all were up cooking and getting ready for Saturday’s coursework and sailing to Catalina Island. By late afternoon we were on our mooring in Emerald Bay near Two Harbors/Isthmus on Catalina Island (L &I visited the same spot on our Trawler School trip). After a few hours of studying for Sunday’s exam we took a water taxi into Two Harbors for dinner and then had a moonlight trip back to the sailboat after dark. More boat handling practice Sunday morning before setting a 6+ hour course back to Newport Harbor. During the passage home we took our written exam.
L&I both passed (yeah!) so we have more stickers in a book to prove we’re “insurable” for open water bareboat chartering.
No pictures from this weekend’s adventure. I originally packed a big camera thinking I’d take lots of pictures. In the haste of trimming the amount of gear we took on the trip I purposely decided to leave photo gear at home. There will be future trips on which to make lots of images.