It’s always a sad time when the temperatures begin to drop and winter storm clouds appear on the horizon. Captain Penny and I want to thank all our wonderful students for making 2011 a great year – we have had the pleasure of sailing with students from almost every state in the country and from several countries. As a retired language teacher, it is great fun to meet and work with people from such places as Russia, Ukraine, Puerto Rico, Australia, Turkey, and Chile. I have learned all about cricket and have added a few Aussie expressions to my vocabulary, thanks to having “bloody” good friends from down under.
During one ASA 104 class, I dined on some authentic Russian meals – a Russian mixed salad and a very special Russian breakfast, sort of an open-face omelet. Delicious! During
another class, I enjoyed some excellent vegetarian meals,
and never imagined tofu could taste so great! Some students planned their
provisioning so well, we could budget great grilled steaks and tuna instead of
the usual chicken breast or hamburger. Yes, we eat very well aboard Zufrieden – no canned stew for us!
Of course the sailing was great! It seems there was always wind available for Amici or Moondance or Zufrieden. During one class we were beating up the Bay under the bridge with a great 30° heel. The students couldn’t believe how well Zufrieden was handling the wind and waves. Yes, a double reef in the main always helps relieve the excessive weather helm. Besides, Zufrieden was
enjoying herself as much as all of us.
So as the weather changes and the boats are prepared for their well-earned
winter hibernation, R&R Charters and Sail School, Captain Dave, and Captain Penny thank all who sailed with us this season and wish all of you a great holiday season. Before anyone realizes it, the warm spring breezes of 2012 will be here, and we’ll all be back on the water where the real action is.
A Cure for the Winter Blues
Shorter winter days and longer nights often cause people to
become a bit depressed. For us sailors, we just want to be out there on the water, challenging ourselves against the elements, enjoying the warm sunshine and the excitement of the boat cutting through the water. Just because you can’t be on the water, doesn’t mean you can’t dream.
How about taking one of the classroom courses? Treat yourself to an early Christmas present. Check out this schedule:
ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation – Learn to plan a cruise to any new destination!
Nov 11, 12, 13, 2011; Feb 1, 2, 3, 2012; Mar 25, 26, 27, 2012
ASA 119 – Marine Weather – Learn to anticipate and plan for weather on the water!
Dec 16, 17, 18, 2011; Mar 14, 15, 16, 2012
ASA 120 – Marine Radar – Learn how radar can add to your sailing and navigation!
Nov 18, 19, 29, 2011; Feb 15, 16, 17, 2012
Bon Voyage –
Two very special students, Terry and Carol Hogan from Western Australia, came to the US this summer, and purchased a beautiful 42’ Catalina. They’ve taken ASA 101, 103, 104, and 105 with R&R Charters and Sail School during the 2011 season in preparation for their world cruise. They’ve become more than just students; they’re very good friends.
On October 28, I waved as they left on the first leg of their big
adventure. As they were casting off the final dock line, I told them it was like sending my own children off on a new journey. I wish them fair winds and blue skies. You can follow their voyage at http://sailingnavyblue.blogspot.com
You too, could live this life! As Captain Penny always says, “Learn to sail; you might want to go somewhere.”
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