August bank holiday and the summer is, in theory, nearly over. It has been a busy one, with full time work and also trying to establish myself as a Sail Cruising Instructor. I have spent several weekends and a full week working for verious sailing schools. This has involved introductions to Solent Sailing, Stary Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper and ICC. One of the more interesting and unusual was looking after a group of yougsters doing a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Expedition in a yacht. Alongside teh yacht sailing I have been getting involved with various trining activities at Hillhead Sailing Club as well as fitting in the occasional dinghy race. This is a bit like a return to my youth as it was in a dinghy that I first started sailing, aged 11.
With a view to giving something back to the dinghy world, in terms of involvement at my club, and also to open up a wider range of options for professional work, I'm hoping to complete a Dinghy Instructor course in October. Meanwhile I am just back from a Safety Boat course. Next year could see me just as much involved with small boats as with yachts.