My girlfriend Katherine and I are aware of our inexperience and we are aware of the challenges we will face on the ocean so we are motivated to take all the classes possible and to enable ourselves to sail away.
The plan has already started since Kats is a licensed VHF radio operator and I will soon be also.
05/09 I am enrolled in a CPR and First Aid on water class.
06/09 I will be on a 33 foot sailboat named Night Image from June 10th to July 10th.
07/09 Kats and I are taking my parents to a 5 day class called elementary cruising offered by Voile Mercator.
07/09Kats, my sister Eve, and I will then take the intermediate cruising class in the Golfe Saint-Laurent offered by the same school.
08/09 Kats and I will sail in Quebec every occasion we get through August and September.
10/09 We will leave in October for France to attend L'ecole Des Glenans for 7 days.
10/09 Then I will cross the Atlantic with L'Ecole Des Glenans to reach Martinique during Kats finishes her fall semester.
12/09 This will be the end of training and the beginning of our adventure. Kats will meet me in the Carribeans after Christmas and we will start looking for a boat to purchase, refit and sail up to Annapolis for tuning and final preparations before the Eastward Atlantic crossing leading us into the Mediterranean.
01/10 Intense preparation of the boat and the crew for departure.
05/10 Planned date of departure from Canada to the Azores and from there to the Straight of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea and millions of people to talk to and about.
links to schools and cruises we will go to and on to prepare: