Sure, I have been on boats with others and we've chartered a few times in the BVI's, but knowing the difference between a bow and a stern? Not a clue. Michael kept telling me that I had to learn and be comfortable with her. What if something happened to him and I had to count on me? Now, that's a scary thought!
Then one day my dear friend made this comment, "So you bought a big boat and now you are going to learn how to sail? Didn't you go about it backwards?" I guess I did do it backwards. I hadn't thought of it that way. I guess I need to start thinking about learning.
Then, on Christmas morning I opened my gift from Michael. There it was in bold letters. "Congratulations! Welcome to All Points of Sail Sailing School". Now all I had to do was sign up.
There is a good reason I moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Houston. I don't like the cold. My plan was to wait until at least April before I subjected myself to going out onto the water so I did not freeze. After all, If I was concentrating on being miserable, how much could I possibly learn?
A tidbit about me...Before I dive into something, I like to have all my ducks in a row so one week before my first class I opened my Learn How To Sail book and crammed my head with vocabulary and terms. Talk about system overload! It was well worth it because I did great on my test and the actual sailing was a blast! Our group consisted of four 29 year old college buddies and me. That was an interesting group!
I learned a lot, laughed a lot, enjoyed the time, and I now feel semi-confident with my knowledge. Now all I need to do is get some experience under my belt to make Michael proud of me.
The Motley Crew