May 09 2016
Yesterday I finished my RYA Day-skipper theory by doing the assessment.
Everything went perfect and I passed the course.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I did the course over Internet and my review of an education like this on the net: It’s just perfect, good and fun.
I took my RYA course by www.navathome.com. Who are a RYA recognised Training Centre. I can just recommend them to everyone.
They give you all the support you need and in case you are doing something wrong you receive a reply by E-mail from them within minutes.
When you are doing a good job on the tests you will receive feedback and congratulation.
Later when it’s time for a Yacht master theory course, then I will do it by Navathome again.
Apr 20 2016
We should make a video including some pictures. This to show you a little of our visit at the International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte.
Unfortunately the camera we brought with us did not perform as we wished. We had to use the iPhone to be able to show you at least something.
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That’s why the quality of the video isn’t the best. Never mind, at least you get a few impressions of our short time in La Grande Motte, France.
We hope you will enjoy it anyway – we did for sure!
Apr 11 2016
It was a wonderful Sunday yesterday for a walk among the wine yards. When friends of us asked if we would like to come along for a walk we could not resist.
The temperature was 18°C so more or less perfect – not to warm and not to cold.
Here are a few pictures how it looks like in the area we live (almost like Tuscany, Italy).
On our walk we stopped at a really nice little restaurant for lunch and some good wine.
Apr 05 2016
As you can see on the pictures I’m working on the theory for the RYA Day Skipper education.
Have so far made all 12 chapter with good result. Are right now just doing a repetition of all. To see what I will need to read and practice more, before the final assessment.
I am doing my day skipper theory online through a company named Navathome.com which I can really recommend.
You receive quick respond from the instructor in case you are doing something wrong.
They do not revel the correct answer but let you know that you should consider your answers again and correct them.
They even give you a feedback when you answer some of the questions really good as well :o)
Mar 23 2016
I am back with a few update about the look of the storm glass barometer at three different weather conditions.
This is how the storm glass barometer looked like when we hade a few days with really excellent weather.
As it still seems to fit the description.
Second picture show how the fluid looks like 24 hours before a gale 10 storm arrived. As you can see the parts in the fluid looks a little feathery. As the description says it should. So the first one is correct.
Third picture are before some light snowfall. It came snow though not really much, just about 5 cm. Anyhow I would say this is as well correct. The fluid should be mostly on top with some stars moving in it.
Here above are two different model for sale on Amazon
Feb 02 2016
It was birthday recently. I received quite an interesting thing from Diana’s parents. When her father was helping his sister to clean out her house, they found this strange tool. He thought that would be a perfect present to me. Specially with our vision/dream about purchasing a sailing catamaran one day and sail around the globe.
The “thing” I received was something called “Storm Glass Barometer” and it is a beautiful looking equipment which should predict the weather for you. The Barometer was invented during the 18th century. Then tested by Admiral Fitzroy in 1831. . Robert Fitzroy (nickname: “Hot Coffee”) set out on a voyage to chart the coasts of South America. On board during this voyage was the young naturalist Charles Darwin. Fitzroy had a keen interest in meteorology and attempted to quantify the exact nature of storm glass. His observations eventually led to a standard script printed on many storm glasses, such as “A cloudy glass with small stars indicates thunderstorms” and “If there are crystals at the bottom, this indicates frost“.
In October 1859 a huge storm, the greatest in living memory, struck the British Isles. The clipper Royal Charter. On her way from Melbourne packed with returning gold miners, Sunk with the loss of 459 lives. As were some 200 other ships. It was a national disaster. In response, Fitzroy pushed for the establishment of weather stations around the nation’s coasts to monitor atmospheric conditions. Storm glasses were distributed to fishing villages, earning them the name “Fitzroy’s Barometers”. In fact, it was Fitzroy who coined the term “weather forecast” in the course of his initiative.
I will keep an eye on it, to see if it really works as described. I will keep an update here about the outcome and in case it works it will be a perfect tool to use, together with a common Barometer.
In case it does not work it will still be a beautiful object hanging on the wall, to look at.
This picture says how to read the Storm Glass Barometer.
Jan 11 2016
We have planed in to visit the International Multihull Boat Show In La Grande Motte, France. The exhibition will take place between 15-17 April 2016.
It is a drive of over 700 km. We have booked our self in for two nights at a hotel close to the exhibition.
We hope to meet a lot of interesting people. As well to see beautiful sailing catamarans.