Over the last 12 years we have both undertaken several courses together. We sail as equal partners, playing to our strengths but both being capable of handling the boat alone. In the event of any disagreement the more cautious route is taken.
We have become so used to sailing together, we once came into our berth, moored up, reconnected the electrics and phone line, put away the sails and covered the instruments and wheels, all without saying a word! Hadn’t fallen out in any way but everything just gets done in the same order every time and sailing often helps with the routines. On a reasonably big boat with just 2 of you it is important to know what you are doing as there often isn’t time to discuss it!
We plan ahead and think a lot. Rob has learnt to let me have my quiet time as he knows I am thinking about how to manoeuvre the boat out of a strange berth or what time to leave for the right tide. We make notes and check one another’s passage plans if the tide is very strong, such as around Alderney or the Portland Race.
We are not afraid of disappointing new crew no matter how excited they are about going out, if the wind is too strong we don’t go. It is very easy to inadvertantly get pressurised into doing something you wouldn’t usually do if there are guests onboard but Beyzano is our home and we are careful with her.
RYA Day Skipper Theory – evening classes at Cirencester College
RYA Day Skipper Practical – 5 days in the Solent
RYA Yachtmaster Theory – evening classes at Cirencester College with 3 exams.
RYA VHF Radio Course – 1 day at Port Solent
RYA Sea Safety – 1 day at Hamble School of Yachting
RYA Sea Survival – 1 day at Hamble School of Yachting
RYA Basic First Aid – 1 day at Hamble School of Yachting
SSB Radio – 4 days at Sailcom
Medical Onboard Ship – 4 days at Hamble School of Yachting
We also undertook a bespoke weather course in St Just-in-Roseland whilst in Falmouth enroute to La Coruna. Simon Rowell gave the 1 day course to just Rob and I, splitting it over 2 days and picked us up from St Mawes each day as we arrived on the ferry. Excellent training for both the Biscay crossing and worldwide weather and TRS avoidance.