Back to the classroom for Yachtmaster Theory

A couple of weeks ago, I went back to the classroom. With a daunting 6 days of theory, and 3 written exams ahead of me I was apprehensive for several reasons. Firstly, I haven’t sat in a classroom for a solid week in nearly 15 years – how would I cope?! Secondly, this was for my Yatchmaster theory. The standard of which is incredibly high – would I be up to the right standard? How tough is tough? Am I actually capable of this?

I did my theory course with Elite Sailing, a fantastic RYA training centre based in Chatham. I’ve done other courses with them in the past, including my VHF, Radar and Diesel Engine courses. But the Yachtmaster is in a very different league to any of those!

The training barge (classroom) at Elite Sailing

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Boat Hire – Port Grimaud, France

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Port Grimaud, South of france

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.

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