So I had signed my wife and I up for a 4 day, liveaboard compressed ASA 101 & 103 class thru the Delmarva Sailing School. I am still pretty new to sailing, and as I mentioned before, my wife was very intimidated by sailing. She also has some logical concerns about the safety of our 3 children ages 9,7, & 5. I was looking for a way to give her a better understanding of sailing in a controlled environment with someone who knows what they are doing, and I truthfully hoped that by doing this she might even possibly relax and enjoy the sailing experience like I do.
My wife was not thrilled by the idea of going on a "cruise" where she would be part of the crew, especially when our text books arrived a few months ago... She was equally not thrilled when she foun out that we would have to pass the ASA tests to get our certifications! I convinced her that this was possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity to go on an adventure together on a really nice boat, with a qualified, experienced instructor. She slowly warmed up to the idea, even though it wasn't going to be the romantic anniversary trip of her dreams. She did enjoy teasing me in front of friends and family when ever the opportunity presented itself. I was shocked to come home from my night classes and find her asleep in bed, with the sailing textbooks open next to her, revealing she was secretly studying for our upcoming adventure. Maybe she wasn't as opposed to the idea as I thought?
The months flew by, and before I knew it we were pulling up to the Sailing Emporium in Rock Hall, Md on a miserably hot, humid, and stormy Friday night. We were greeted by beautiful gardens and flowers. My wife laughed at my insistence to stop and take a picture of the sign at the entrance:
The marina is gorgeous, and the facilities are well kept, modern, and very clean:
We met Frank, our instructor, and the two other men (Bob & Pete) that we would be taking our courses with at the boat. I was in heaven, my wife wasn't so thrilled. Since we were the only couple, we were given the V berth on Gallivant, a 39' Pearson. I was intimidated by the size of the boat, my wife actually thought it was going to be bigger!
More to come: