Samuele sailing

Life update: I’ve become a…

Many of you will know that I do like to mess about on the water.
I’ve always loved boats, and over the last couple of years I’ve managed to spend more and more time on the ocean – all be it locally. And although some of those experiences have proved to be rather awful; in the main, I’ve really enjoyed them.

So, recently I’ve been thinking about doing something new. Like taking a course or learning a new skill. Then it struck me: why not become a qualified skipper?
I’ll get a certificate and can put it on my office wall – next to the ‘employee of the month’ certificate I awarded myself – well, nobody else was going to give it to me.

My mind was made up; I went ahead and booked the course: in total, 5 days at sea.
The goal was to get my ‘Day Skipper’ certificate. It’s nothing too amazing – I wouldn’t be able to sail to France or even Italy, but it would be fine for the UK coastline or a trip to the Isle of Wight.

I turned up. It was a beautiful winter’s day and our training was to take place in the Solent.
There was one instructor and four students (including myself). I was buzzing with excitement, and happy that I was doing something that would really make me happy, something that would take me away from the stress of daily life.

The instructor was a very friendly chap, clearly highly experienced, and keen to teach.
We boarded the yacht.

We wasted no time, and were on our way within a few minutes.
There were no other boats around, the sea was calm, and we were all absorbed in the moment. Our instructor was providing an explanation of what he was doing but, to be honest, I was just enjoying the tranquillity and not paying too much attention at that point. As it happened, I knew many of the basics anyway, so it wasn’t going to be a disaster if I missed a bit.

The training involved such skills as understanding navigation, and safety procedures using the sails. All of which I very much enjoyed. But I also enjoyed the camaraderie between myself and my shipmates. They were a great bunch, and along with learning about skippering with them, I was happy to take on the role of chef.

They really liked the basic dishes I was coming up with. They were hearty and wholesome food choices. Just meet, potatoes and veg, but after a day of intense sailing, you need a piping hot meal that isn’t too fussy.

Anyway, suffice to say, we all completed the course and I was awarded my certificate.
It wasn’t the usual episode full of mishaps and shenanigans – I don’t think I could have handled that. The point was, I just wanted to do something a bit different and walk away with something to show for it.

Until next time. Ciao for now.

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