007 and I spent all morning on the water, sailing.
Not sailing Octopussy, unfortunately; however, sailing nonetheless.
Since we are staying in Annapolis until I retire and we go cruising, we decided to get involved with the United States Naval Academy 44s Off-shore Sailing Training Squadron.
So today, we sailed a Navy 26, in order to gain familiarity with the platform, and the Navy Sailing Standard Operating Procedures. We will probably go out a couple of more times, (because its fun!) but we are required to do a check ride and sit a written exam by the end of September.
If we are successful (not too worried!), we will achieve our Navy B-qualification. This is equivalent to an ASA 101 qualification.
In October, we will do about 20 hours of training, and an overnight sail on a Navy 44.
Then we will go into classroom lessons one afternoon/evening a week throughout the winter and attend a Safety at Sea Seminar, to prepare for the Spring training cycle.
We will be required to do a DelMarVa circumnavigation, and log more hours in the Spring.
Ultimately, if we are successful, we will each get to XO a Navy 44 next Summer for a three week cruise. We will be training Midshipmen in seamanship and navigation, and we’ll get to log some serious off-shore sailing hours. I don’t know the “politics” of picking crew, or if there is a “waiting list” for crew positions… but we shall see!
Oh.. and BTW– we get to teach celestial navigation… truly a lost art! I can’t wait to break out my sextant!