What do they call a Coastal Cruising instructor who was at the bottom of the class?…
A Coastal Cruising Instructor !
Yeah Baby yeah! That’s right Yata! I did it!
Omideto gozaimas to me!
I went in this morning at 9:00am to take my test at the Afterguard Sailing Academy. As it is a very small office place, I got to sit outside under the tree on the porch. The good Capt. set up a card table for me and gave me the mascot as a cheering squad to sit with.
It took me two tries (today being the second) , some luck and a calculated guess but I passed. It was close. It is not a easy walk in the park test to pass. It took me 4 hours to complete. It you are really really on top on the calculations (and like math problems) and stuff maybe it can be done in 3, but it is not a breeze says anyone. I needed nine more points to make Navigational Instructor grade. I’ll retake the test in the fall and go for that. I could have done better this time but I did not get a chance to recheck my work as Capt Mary had to go take the other testers for their on the water test. Other wise I would have seen the couple of slip ups I made. However it would have still not given me the 9 points I needed to pass three levels instead of just two. Still.. Yata!
Anywho, I know my weak areas so I can work on those over the summer and prepare for a re-take for Nav instructor. I’m jazzed, I can at least get some rest now!
Now you may think, what’s the big deal, the big deal to me, is I did not go to the classes to learn this stuff. I did the home study path and I suck at math and HATE it!
The boat leaves Martinez harbor, at 0730 at OTGS @ 3.4 kt, and travels 6nm, with a set of 75degrees T and a drift of 2.7kt, with a leeway from the sw of 2kts, taking a bearing reading at 0830 off the light house bearing off the port at 53degreesM and again @ 0900M reading 111degreesM with the Compass deviation of 4e and a variation annually of 3degrees from 1985, what is the course you steer to go directly to Berkeley, before the plane lands at SFO airport by 11:38 !!!! ( just kidding about the plane) But for real that kind of stuff gives me headaches. When I would see that stuff in school my Brain would overload and freeze, I’d have to reset
The next hurdle is the USCG limited master license. There is a lot of paper work involved. I have most of it together, I need the doctor’s exam, and maybe a new golden rain test. I am hoping to get past taking the written exam due to the agreement with the ASA. However I will be the test for the area here as no-one else has tried it in this part of the State, if in this state at all. I’ll be the ground breaker…nothing new
oh, in case you have not heard…I passed the Coastal Cruising instructor test, now I can have some saki!
sweet! whoop whoop!