Seatime: 4400 miles and counting!
One of the big requirements for the Yachtmaster Offshore ticket that I am working towards is seatime. The pre-requisites, as laid out on the RYA website, are as follows:
50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Although I was pretty sure that I had met those requirements, you never really know until you put it down on paper, which is exactly what I did the previous two days. I was both surprised and pleased to see that since leaving Canada, we have racked up over 4400 miles and have completed 15 passages over 60 miles! This, of course, doesn’t even include the sailing that we did the year prior to setting out, or the time we have spent sailing on other’s boats. I assume this will be acceptable to the RYA.