This past weekend was my first two days of Captain’s school. A few months ago, my buddy Sean and I decided that it was time for us to level up our nonexistent boating skills. Originally, we were supposed to start in July after I got back from India but Sean decided to let his big toe get smashed in Vegas.
1 month later we were on our way to Modern Sailing in Sausalito for our first class.
Our instructor, Heather has been sailing her whole life and she used to be on the British National team. Not only does she have some amazing experience she is also a really good teacher because she explains the concepts clearly and is extremely patient with us while we are learning to handle the boat.
I feel my understanding of sailing is worlds apart from where I started. I know how my rigging works, how to adjust all my lines, and can tack and jive. Sail speak is like a foreign language – for example there are no ropes on a sailboat, only lines. Sails are called sheets and trimming just means adjusting your sails so they don’t luff (when they don’t capture the wind at the right angle).
Only after two days, I feel my crew (Sean) and I can sail a 31-foot boat in the San Francisco bay with no issues. However, I still have to pass a written and practical test next Sunday to get my first certification. I think we are studying Friday night over some beers.
Strength and Honor,