February 28th, 2015 was the first of four days on the road to Basic Keel Boat certification. It was full of anticipation and anxiety. I had become certified 13 years prior but only for vessels that are up to 14 feet in length and winds up to 9Mph.

When sailing in the past the craft we used where easily cap-sizable due to the fact the dagger board or center board was non-fixed. There is some comfort in knowing that the keel boats whose keel is fixed, is weighted so you cannot completely capsize the vessel. Unless of course you are in some pretty nasty weather such as a Hurricane or Poseidon’s wrath (respect the God of Sea).

I now sit in anticipation and a little less anxiety for what tomorrow will bring. Apparently there will be a lot of docking and well………..lets just hope I don’t scuttle the boat on the dock and Poseidon is in a good mood.

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