US Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses – Always Ready!

I started taking “Sailing Skills & Seamanship” with the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary at Sierra Point Yacht Club in Brisbane last week. It’s always a good idea to refresh and pick a few things here and there.


Although I had learned to sail in Argentina with Optis, my memories are mostly of being miserable in the winter cold and terrified about of capsizing in the muddy water of Rio de la Plata. I stayed away from the water for a while…

Many years later, I found myself in San Francisco Bay learning to steer with just the sails with J World’s instructor out of Alameda, CA. Josh Butler, from J World,  taught me everything I know about sailing.


But even after three intense and hands-on weekends, I was still in need of many more hours on a boat to feel comfortable and really cement what I had learned. I read everything that I could get my hands about sailing and jumped at every opportunity we had of sailing in the bay. Two years later, now a boat owner, I have absorbed and learned a ton but still don’t know much about handling a boat under power, docking, different rigging systems, etc.

Can you tell apart a sloop, a yawl, a ketch, or a cutter from a schooner? Now I know that the boat below is a…ketch!


And that in the 60’s ferro-cement became a very popular material from which to build sailboats?

Thanks US Coast Guard Auxiliary for making these courses available to us. For $50 a course, including two books, this course is a steal!

The get-there list

We have been thinking about this for a while now and time is slipping by…fast. It may sound crazy but doing what we have always planned to do seems like the best way to live our lives.

Perhaps we are throwing caution to the wind but up to now we have been living our lives to the tune of others. A friend of mine said something that hit me hard:

“You can always make more money but you will never have more time.”

It will take time and patience but if we pitch in a little everyday, we can dream our way to the reality we really want to live.

  1. Save money
  2. Start living simpler with less things
  3. Stop buying clothes and things we don’t need
  4. Spend less money eating out
  5. Start selling things we don’t need
  6. Research boats and living on a boat
  7. Take CPR and First Aid courses
  8. Take a diesel engine class of sorts
  9. Research freelancing opportunities
  10. Set a “date” to get out of dodge