Having recently passed my Yachtmaster theory exams, my next step is to take my practical exam. I’m aiming for the offshore yachtmaster exam, for which candidates need to have logged 2,500 miles and a minimum of 5 x 60nm passages (skippering for at least 2 of these). As such I am trying to ‘build miles’. I need approximately 1,000 miles to reach my goal.
On a recent camping trip in the South of France, I found myself lucky enough to be just a stones throw from the world famous marina of Port Grimaud. For 25 Euros, I hired an electric boat from a small boat hire firm. There are several. You can just pitch up, pay up and off you go. 30 mins is your allotted time to explore.
So, here I am, exhausted after the RORC Channel Race. Soaked through after a 2 day battle against the British summer weather and the English Channel.
I was aboard a sailing yacht called Rho, competing in the Open 40 Class. The biggest of the classes, with approx. 40 boats. Rho is a 36ft Sigma. A classic cruiser/racer, she was luxurious by my standards. I had my own cabin (‘hot bedding’ between watches), running water, a table in the saloon, a toilet which accepts paper and has a seat (!) and various other ‘luxuries’. As soon as I started exploring her, I realised this would be a different kind of racing for me.