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Just an update… I am now back in the UK and available over the winter for club sailing and racing.
For yacht delivery contact 07799 221818
Deck/stew on an Oyster 82, currently cruising the Med.
My updated CV is available to download on my CV page.
I am leaving the UK to work in the Med this summer and I have started a travel blog at TravelPod. If you want to read about what life is like on board then you will be able to follow my adventures here : TravelPod
If you have any comments which you would like to add then the travel blog is the place to do it, also if you know of any great places to see while I am away then feel free to send me the details and I will check them out.
So I have done the hard part, I’ve passed my YM practical exam, but I can’t get my mitts on the piece of paper until I attend a first aid course. It must be of a minimum 1 day duration and must cover hypothermia, drowning and shock as part of the course.
Despite the fact that I am booked on to an STCW95 course which will include first aid at sea, I still have to pay for another 1 day class which costs anywhere up to £260!
A day off work costs me another £49 in lost earnings plus the travelling costs incurred getting to and from the training centre.
I also need a VHF licence which costs £110 for the course and licence fee.
Then there is the commercial endorsement. £37.20 to take the course and £6 every time you re-sit the exam (So far I’ve done it twice which I feel is partly due to the ambiguous questions provided). When you’ve passed the course, you still need to send in a fee for the endorsement!
With my cheque I must also submit an ENG1 medical certificate which can cost around £62 and then there is the STCW95 itself which is £800…
To get the ICC I have to either pay £45 or join the RYA which costs, erm… £45…
So far I’ve forked out the best part of £2k and I haven’t even booked a flight yet! If my fella’s wondering where his valentines prezzie is, ask the RYA!
Now, I love building a snowman as much as the next person but if the weather gods are listening, please can I have a minor heat wave for the week commencing 27th Jan for my sailing trip!
While all of you are tucking in to your turkey dinners and mince pies this Christmas, spare a thought for poor old me, who has already eaten all the pies and subsequently is on a strict diet before the start of the dreaded winter series and the looming Yachtmaster Practical in January.
I am also spending time getting together things like tickets, references and getting all my shizzle in order so that I can fly away in the spring with no gremlins waiting to leap from the closet the moment I go through security.
Clearing out the cupboards and putting my life on ebay has been rather cathartic although it is sad to see my 37 years packed up in to half a dozen cardboard boxes. And even then, I am wondering whether I should stick the box of DVDs on a car boot!
I have also had to face up to the fact that working flat out in an office in the city didn’t suit me and I have stepped back even further and started work in a local pub. It is much more sociable and I won’t be forking out £75 a week in fuel to get to Exeter every day plus I was starting to feel guilty that I would be leaving in 3 months time. It feels a little like being a student again so I am trying to make the most of it before spring comes around and I am working flat out again.