Posts Tagged ‘RYA’

Stern of HMS Victory, Portsmouth, England

Everyone has different notions of what is success for them – money, more “stuff”, skills, status or contribution, etc. – and I don’t dispute the importance of any of them.  What interests me, and maybe you too, is figuring out, firstly what constitutes success to me personally. And secondly, how to achieve it.
I suggest the line separating success from failure is a lot thinner than we sometimes like to admit or even recognize. In fact, I think we often live hop-scotching, dancing, zig-zagging backwards and forwards across the line.  Sometimes we may experience failure as a bleak, lonely, isolated place from which we will never escape; a form of despondence that saps all our energies and resolution. And with success can come a sweet sense of invulnerability, a sense of standing proud on the mountain top, separate from all other endeavours. After four months of intense sailing training in the English Channel and Solent in winter time, and a final 25-hour practical exam, my own experience is that personal failure and success walk very closely together. (more…)


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Dawn over Portsmouth, the Spinnaker Tower on the left.

Only one more month of the RYA fasttrack Yachtmaster course to go before the final exam.  The challenge in these last weeks is to keep focused and 100% engaged despite being very familiar with the sailing area (The Solent) and the manoevres and navigation.

I’ve had the privilege of crewing for four other candidates during their exams (3 passed, 1 unfortunately failed) which has allowed me to see how the exams are conducted, and the demands and the pitfalls.  The biggest dangers are exam nerves and complacency. (more…)

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