Yachtmaster

it’s been a week since Rufus returned from his 3 week RYA Yachtmaster training in the UK. we’ve been making up for lost time with birthday celebrations and a LOT of good food with our friends, hence the social network silence – I even received a message from my Dad asking if we are still alive so I knew it was time to get posting again.

Rufus made the trek up north to do his Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean exams – neither of which are a walk in the park and he passed both with flying colours (he.is.awesome.)!

why all the way to the UK and not closer to home like Grenada or the US you ask? well it’s simple – the RYA schools closer to us don’t offer these exams till earliest September and we need to get working in the charter industry ASAP to fund our circumnavigation (we aren’t trust fund babies and our savings can only last so long). plus, Rufus did all his other RYA training and tickets in Falmouth at the same school, Cornish Cruising, so we knew it was a good place to go.

almost all the charter companies worldwide require a minimum qualification of Yachtmaster Offshore, even deckhands now often have to have a skippers ticket to be employed on the larger boats. since we already have a truckload of sea miles to our names, the only thing stopping us from securing good jobs is the RYA ticket.  

we also decided, since we were paying bucketloads of cash for him to do his Offshore, he might as well do his Ocean too, for international deliveries.

during his stay he visited a couple of old friends and we both would like to say a very BIG thank you to Esther and her wonderful family for hosting him in Falmouth, as well as Richard and his wife for hosting Rufus in London. you all spoiled him rotten and fed him well – we are grateful to have friends like you and you are always welcome on Melody! 

here are a few photos Rufus took with his GoPro Hero 3 while in Falmouth. 

boarding his flight from Trinidad to Tobago where he caught his flight to London Gatwick

boarding his flight from Trinidad to Tobago where he caught his flight to London Gatwick

Sunday roast at Falmouth Marina

Sunday roast at Falmouth Marina

one of the school' straining boats, a Bavaria 38 

one of the school’ straining boats, a Bavaria 38 

view of the estuary 

view of the estuary 

a classic British phone booth

a classic British phone booth

view from the National Express bus, passing through Cornwall

view from the National Express bus, passing through Cornwall

Falmouth town centre

Falmouth town centre

thousands of miles away from the Caribbean...

thousands of miles away from the Caribbean…

The Wig & Pen

The Wig & Pen

 

 

Esther and her awesome family 

Esther and her awesome family 

 

 

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