Ruling the Waves
By DaveLevy on Jul 01, 2007
Hooray, I can now charter a yacht! As readers of my Plazes RSS stream know, I have been travelling around the south coast on a Yacht where I have been studying for my Day Skipper ticket, and I passed the exams yesterday.
We, (I and my co-students) sailed from Poole in Dorsetshire across Poole and Christcurch bay and then up the solent to the capital of sailing in the UK, Cowes, on the Isle of Wight where we moored up at the Folly Inn on the Medina and finished the day with Fish Pie and an Australian Cabernet/Shiraz. The trip across the bay was pretty rough but the Folly Inn is a great pub and has ample moorings. The following day we traveled onto Itchenor Reach in Chichester Harbour. The following day traveled back west to Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy and then back in a 10 hour trip to Poole. We had some pretty stiff winds throughout the trip which was good, as it prepares us all for the worst
Our trusty boat was the Yacht Enigma.
The company Moonfleet Sailing offer a nine day combined theory and practical course for the RYA Day Skipper tickets. This offers a weekend in the class room, five days and nights on one of their yachts for the practical and the following weekend to finish the theory and take the exams. They are based at Cobbs Quay Marina, in Hamworthy, Poole. If the travel distance prohibits a return home, one needs to arrange accommodation for the first Saturday and the second Friday/Saturday, although I was able to return home for Friday evening without to much trouble. They recommend several B&Bs but I stayed in the Arndale Court Hotel, where the service and welcome was very friendly and the rooms both large and comfortable.
On the penultimate day we arrived back in Poole very late and discovered that Imran's Tandoori Takeaway delivers to the Marina.
I have plotted our journeys at Google Maps.
I have put my pictures of the week up on my page at flickr, and put them in a set called South Coast Sailing, which also contains some earlier pictures. These pictures are both text tagged and geo-tagged. I used my phone camera so the quality is not that high, and since I have only just got a new phone since losing my last one, and have dropped it twice already, I was bit frightened to bring it up on deck. So no action shots.
I used Plazes to record my journey using the phone/sms interface and adjusting the locations later. The Plazes flash display shows you my journey, it is hosted at my plazes profile or davelevy.info. Much of this additonal content panel is also hosted on my bliki, in an article entitled RYA Day Skipper.