What, you may wonder, is the humble letting agent thinking of, swanning off on a sailing holiday in the middle of March? Well, for a start, it was not a holiday: it was a course; and secondly, it was not Tenerife: it was Largs, just a few nautical miles from Holy Loch, which is now officially the wettest location in Scotland – and that is going something – (but more of Largs later).
A friend of Jo’s did the same course this week, but in Tenerife. But why risk the accusation of enjoying a fabulous sailing week off the coast of Africa when one can suffer in frozen rain on the Clyde? (The sea was actually frozen in Holy Loch one morning).
The Day Skipper ticket, which the candidate hopes to receive after the five-day course, enables one to hire a boat on one’s own and/or to take one’s family on a sailing holiday on the Clyde, or in the Greek islands, or Tenerife. I agreed to go along on this arduous training ordeal with Captn Jono Stokes RN (Rtd.) aka Buzz Lightyear, who insisted on Largs despite my suggestions.[tbc]