Building Hours in the Log (Continued)
12 November 2014 | St Pete FL
Day 4 found us anchored in a quaint cove just north of the Dick Meisner Bridge in St Pete, FL. I had learned the sounds, feel and personality of the Hunter 50 and much to my surprise, the Admiral emerged on deck with the morning sun, a hot cup of coffee (for me) and an important series of announcements: "My PhD homework is done; I am over my bout of sea-sickness; and this morning view from the cockpit is simply PRICELESS!" Her words were certainly music to my ears - after her last 2-days of queasiness and my incessant pondering of whether she would ever get on a boat again...I was elated to discover that she was (1) Tough as nails; (2) Still supporting me in my dream to sail; and (3) Still willing to be an integral part of it! It was turning out to be a pretty good day!
The rest of our ASA certification experience went without a hitch - and it was a clear, sunny, light-breeze day! It was a great day of leisurely sailing with a mid afternoon return to the dock where my instructor-Captain repeatedly put me through the paces of boat handling every minute aboard. Day 4 included navigating a narrow winding channel under sail; the approach to the marina and the intricate navigation of the marina mooring field (under power...in reverse to get the feel of reverse steering and leverage the bow-thruster's strengths) combined with sneaking through the slim fareways to the inner-most finger pier where we departed from 4-days ago. Fortunately no current to contend with...a slight cross breeze and I parked her like a pro. Note to self - once you use a bow thruster - you'll never go back!
The rest of the day was spent cleaning up the boat and finishing paperwork for the ASA certs. A great experience and what a confidence builder!
At this time in our lives - we did not own our own boat. The Admiral and I discussed how and when we might get back out on the water via the leasing plan at the marina or joining a sailing club - little did I know that she had begun her mental calculus that a boat was in our future! That story is yet to come!