November 26, 2011
The past two weeks have been filled with a whole new adventure. I’m out in St. John’s Newfoundland at the Marine Institute taking the GMDSS-General Operator Course with Fred Meadus our fantastic instructor. Amongst studying and going to class, here are some of the highlights of my trip.
Half way through the course we had a “mid two week course exam”. Afterwards I had the entire afternoon and went for a walk along Water Street and George Street. Pretty amazing little town! Even a look at the local wine brewing options!
Next up was an adventure climb up Signal Hill. It was blowing about 40 and -3degrees. For those of you who know me well, yes I went back into my apartment and removed my flipflops and put my winter boots and hat on. Pretty kewl trudge with an amazing view at the top!
Next up was Cape Spear…the furthest most point east you can go in North America! It was fortified in WWII and remains a tourist attraction today with some guns and remnants of the buildings. Fantastic!
One day in class we were afforded the opportunity to see their Bridge Simulator. The Marine Institute is home to the most amazing Bridge Simulator in the world! Imagine the feeling of being up on a bridge and crashing into ice….or feeling the sea in horrendous waves and trying to negotiate entering the harbour. This simulator does it all!
And finally, today’s adventure was off to Ches’s for fish and chips for lunch with the class. Forgive me if I say this incorrectly, but I got scoffed in. Is that right? We had a huge lunch of fish and chips and I got this certificate from Ches’s to say that I had lunch there. It was fantastic!
Now just to pass the written and practical tests tomorrow and everything will be in place
October 25, 2014
Many of you have been asking what is next for One Girl’s Ocean Challenge. Well, if you have been following along you might remember that I did a little trip to England recently. I was very fortunate to have been given an opportunity to try out for a Clipper Round The World Yacht Race skipper. The exciting news is that I made it past round 1 of the trials. The bad news is that I can only go back for the final round if Clipper becomes sanctioned to sponsor work visas. They will find out in early January if they are eligible. Fingers crossed!
September 14, 2014
Fantastic DAY! I completed the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean written and verbal exam……and was SUCCESSFUL! I now officially hold the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certification. Oh Happy Day!
September 13, 2014
What a fantastic week. The first part of this two part journey is complete. I have successfully passed my Yachtmaster Offshore exams along with my two sailing partners Doug and Christian. We all passed nicely and what a great bunch of guys to be on course with. We were a fantastic cohesive and happy team through all the trials and tribulations. Thanks guys! So it’s back to studying for me today and tomorrow I write a three hour exam and do a two hour verbal exam to try to pass the Yachtmaster Ocean. Celestial navigation at it’s best!
September 6, 2014
Arrived in Chester Basin safe and sound. I’ve even had a little wander over to the Marina to see Michaela our fantastic Hallberg Rassy for the next week. Class starts tomorrow. I’ve been working on the local charts, doing homework and reviewing all my study work from the last two months. Even had a chance to sample some of the local cuisine!
March 13, 2014
This just gets me soooo excited! Makes me miss France for sure. But don’t worry……we won’t be training in these conditions on the Advanced Cruising Course I’m teaching in April~~~ Can’t WAIT to get back on the water~~~~
Click on the picture to see what it’s all about!
Want to warm up and take your Advanced Cruising? Come to Tortola with me and take your Advanced Cruising on a Delphia 40. I’ll be teaching the course while we sail from Tortola to Miami. There’s a second Advanced Cruising course then from Miami to New York….all at the end of April. Send me a message or call me to get the details and book. 416-878-2677
March 1, 2014
Congratulations to all the winners last night and to Sail Canada for such an amazing event!
Terry McLaughlin was the winner of the Rolex Sailor of the year award. Truly a well deserved moment And no…..I didn’t die in my high heeled shoes, but I could often be found with them stashed under the table and not on my feet!
February 28, 2014
Tonight’s mission……to not die while wearing these!
Yes, there is a dress to go along with it. I can’t remember the last time either were cracked out of the closet! Looking forward to toasting Canada’s awesome sailors tonight at the Sail Canada Rolex Awards