28 Feb 2011 - Pasito Blanco, La Gran Canaria - My Turn as Skipper
Pasito Blanco, Spain
This morning, I felt my self once more and praised Kitty for her miracle drug. And man was I hungry.
Today was going to be an easy day so we enjoyed most of the day in Puerto Mogan. The harbor is lined with all these little shops but some how it doesn't look commercial at all. They don't have streets, they are more like alleys but they are very clean and picturesque covered with vines and flowers.
Today was my turn to be skipper. That means that I'm responsible for everything (theoretically).
The skipper has to plan the course to the next destination, set the waypoints and monitor the progress. He has to direct the crew in doing whatever needs to be done. He has to safely take the boat from it's mooring and safely moor it at the end. He has to make sure everyone has life jackets on. He has to make sure the sails are raised and lowered properly.
It's quite an intimidating responsibility and I have to say that I have had to relearn some skills and learn a lot more. There is a big difference between sailing a 30 foot boat and a 40 footer.
So I did OK. But I made some mistakes. I'm really not supposed to be on this boat. I wasn't told when I booked but I'm supposed to be at least a Coastal Skipper before taking this course.
This is a mile builder course and is designed to satisfy the requirement to make several 60 mile passages for the RYA Yacht Master. That means there is two levels of certification that people who take this course are likely to have. I have neither.
But since making money is the bottom line, they fill the boats up with whoever will go. So the other crew members expect me to know things that are taught in the other courses.
One in particular, Jerry, seems to resent working with an "amateur". He is one of these guys that knows everything about everything and wants everyone to know it.
Anyway, I think he is an insufferable bore and I get tired of his crap. He's a conversational bully and is not interested in anybody else's story or opinion. He talks constantly. I don't like him. Maybe you have guessed that.
Anyway, I did OK, all things considered and we are safely docked in Pasito Blanco.