Alas, sailing is over. We’re now back in Ancona, with Competent Crew signed off in our new log books, and, in my case, the most magnificent panda-eyes tan ever, two new books, and some nifty reef shoes (which you need here for the sea-urchins), and of course, a pile of new knowledge. I’ve learned heaps. I’ve known the basics of sailing for ages, but a solid week has really consolidated and cemented my knowledge, and I’ve learned about mooring, anchoring, etc, which I wouldn’t have been about to do before. We’ve also learned heaps of stuff about markers, charts, and navigation, most of which I knew nothing about.
I’ve been pondering how I’m going to continue sailing. I don’t want to forget what I’ve learned. Every winter for the last few years I decide that this summer I’m going to do some sailing, and every summer I forget. I think my mistake is in leaving it to summer to do something about it, so I’m planning to sort something out as soon as I get back. I’m thinking of joining a sailing club & signing up for crewing (in the lowest, least pressure, division, at least to start off with). The certification that we’ve done here is also done in Australia, so I should be able to progress on to Flotilla Skipper, and maybe even Bareboat Skipper. But mostly I just want to do more sailing… 😛