Originally Posted by Trim50
Can you tell us more about yourself and your plans? What type of vessel are you looking for, where and when do you plan to travel?
Certainly. For several winters I've been working at South Pole Station and have wanted to learn how to sail. Last October, I managed to join with an RYA trainer out of Nelson, NZ, (Westwinds) and spent about nine days aboard, combining several lesson plans, including a five-day passage with a night watch at helm and as navigator to earn my RYA Dayskipper ticket. Beyond that I don't have much experience, outside of some lake sailing.
I have a few plans firmed up and more that are tentative at the moment. I'll be in Central/E. Europe, specifically Krakow for July and part of August. I hope to make several excursions to nearby places, such as Croatia. After that I'm planning to head down to Egypt for at least 3-4 weeks. From there I'm not certain of my plans but I have the leftover half of an ATW ticket starting in Istanbul, going through Amman, Bangkok, HK, Beijing, Bali, Perth and Sydney before ending in NZ. Because of a number of circumstances I may complete some, all or none of that ATW, but I hope to.
As for vessel types, I can only say I've trained on the Regal 38 and would feel comfortable with a boat of that size up to maybe 50 feet. I have a lot to learn but do that best when I'm with someone who is experienced and forgiving. My training skipper complimented me on learning quickly and adapting as necessary, so I hope that's a bit to my credit. I would like to learn more about most any vessel, though. Even similar vessels can be unique so it would be good to just get on them and sail them, I figure.
Anyway, hope this helps.