If you've been following along with the blog you may have read about a group of sailing students from Belgium who joined Star Flyer to sail across the Atlantic. Their journey began in Bridgetown, Barbados, and ended two weeks later at Lisbon, Portugal. Along the way they learned a great deal about sailing on the tallest ship in the world. Captain Paul Balanck shared this letter about their experience.
The purpose of the journey was to organize a crossing for interested yachtmen where they could follow preparation courses for the exams of Yachtsmen or Yachtnavigator. At the end the possibility was given to take part in the exams on board.
It was a hell of a job but we succeeded and with a big smile! The 28th April everybody left the vessel with a satisfied impression.
Studying on a rolling sailing vessel is not the same as in a classroom ashore. Thanks to the excellent food & beverage and ship crew the studying went well.
The "slave driving" instructors pushed the enthusiastic candidates forward. Almost everybody succeeded in their exams for Yachtman or Yachtnavigater. Fighting with variation, deviation, current and tides, sun and star sextant positioning, GMDSS, sea survival, rules etc.
The ship crew participated as well with great interest.
In other words, it was an excellent combination between studying and cruising.
As a result, Cruise Travel Antwerp informed us already about a waiting list of new candidates for next year.
In the meantime all the instructors wish the succeeded yachtmen safe and lovely trips over the seas.
Signed on behalf of the Belgian instructors and participators,
Capt. Paul Balanck, Antwerp