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!