RYA Coastal Navigation Success!

March 29, 2011 posted by admin

March 29, 2011

It’s been over a week since my last post as I’ve been busy busy busy!  The last week has been an intensive week of learning, sailing and testing at the Vancouver Island Maritime Academy(VIMA).  We covered tides, currents, boat handling under sail and power, man overboard, pilotage, day shapes, night lighting systems, sounds and the list goes on and on right down to the European method of tidal calculations.  Why you ask the European method?  Well…..VIMA is now a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited facility.  You can check out the VIMA  website for more accurate details and enquiries.  The relationship with the RYA is brand new and part of a new initiative to bring the training to Canada.  It was an amazing course and I was privileged to be part of it with some wonderful people.

On the left, meet Katy the owner, operator, brains behind the operation of VIMA and our instructor for the week.  The other two guys are the wonderful motley crew that together we made up the first three successful training candidates for the RYA program with VIMA.  The guys were successful in obtaining their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification and I was able to obtain my Yachtmaster Coastal certification.  Yes…..there were a few short jokes this week, but somehow I still measured up!  The person missing from the picture is our photographer and RYA instructor.  It was a pleasure to be under Christian’s watchful and intuitive eye 🙂

Did I mention tidal calculation?  Check out the current at this south cardinal buoy!  And yes…..they have cormorants here in Victoria as well!  Now I think it’s time to do some sailing and put this new found knowledge to practise! 


2 Responses to “RYA Coastal Navigation Success!”

  1. Liz Reid Says:

    congrats on the “Rung” Diane, ps, there’s nothing wrong with being horizontally challenged, :>)

  2. john globemasterone Says:

    I guess that’s the short of it. Congratulations Diane.

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