Tuesday, 21 December 2010

It's still cold...!

Bl**dy freezing in fact, so all possibility of doing any work on "Papillon" is out of the window for the time being... temperatures here in the UK have tumbled recently, and one newspaper article I read the other day mentioned that the cold weather was going to be with us until February!

Still, I have other things to focus on - this winter I'm doing my RYA Day Skipper Theory course, which was a way of keeping in touch with things boaty throughout the winter. I think it fair to say that I'm not going to set the world of chart navigation on fire with any new discoveries (and if that last lesson was anything to go by neither were any of the rest of my co-sufferers!) but I am quite enjoying it - the problems are a little like a three dimensional cross word - figure out where you are, how fast you're going, where to, what the tides doing, what the winds doing, and at the end churn out a triangle with a dot in it (to those of us in the known, that's an "EP" or estimated position )

Now if I could just get to grips with plotting magnetic courses I'd be a sure bet, but it looks like Christmas will involve some revision at least as the last thing the instructor told me before he told us not to bother coming back until the 4th January, was that we'd have the exam on the 4th January... yeah, and Happy Christmas to you as well, mate! smiley emoticons

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