Sunday, July 20, 2008
I finished up the sailing course and received my certification with keel boats. It was a great course and a great experience. I think that the best part was being able to tack and jibe in close quarters within the marina and being able to sail into the slip without any motor power. That was an accomplishment.
Meeting and interacting with the other people in the course was also a lot of fun. I found that our mutual enthusiasm made our time together on the boat easy. We truly worked as a team which makes for a smoother ride in general. And all of us were agreeable in realizing that we were willing to learn and eager to absorb as much as we could from the instructor.
I can't say enough good things about the young instructors. They were the yin and yang of each other but each offered valuable knowledge. If I had not had the first instructor who was a "micro-manager" sailor, then I wouldn't have been as well prepared for the second part of the course. And the instructor for that part had a laid back style but put the boat in our hands and asked each of us to explain what we were doing and why. Both styles complemented each other.
I am tired tonight but think that a few Ibuprofen will do the trick. Right now, I'm going to take those and hit the sack.