Captain Mike Brown, who took a Bermuda to Mystic Ocean Training Cruise in June 2010, sent the following comments:
I hope all is going
well for you. I just wanted to provide a few comments regarding the ASA108
offshore passagemaking class that I participated in during June 28-July 5th.
I felt the class was very well structured and provided me with an excellent
introduction to ocean sailing. In my opinion captain Jochen Hoffman and
first mate Jerry Nigro did a superb job. Jochen is not only knowledgeable
and a capable teacher but also possesses boundless energy. Jerry is a very
capable sailor and possesses excellent interpersonal skills that made things go
Celestial is an
excellent ocean going yacht and I learned to appreciate her even more as we went
through a squall and a low pressure system while on our journey. There was
never a time when I felt like if only we had this piece of equipment things
would be better. She is a very sturdy platform for big water and equipped
with up to date weather, navigation, and other electronic equipment required for
a safe journey off shore.
Finally I felt that
the structure of the class was well thought out. Before taking the class I
would never have thought it necessary to spend 2-3 days preparing the boat but
now I can see how important it is. Jochen and Jerry taught me that ocean
passagemaking is about preparation and destination.
I certainly would
recommend that anyone wanting to prepare themselves for ocean passagemaking
would take ASA108 from the Maryland School. Thank you for the good service
that you and the Maryland School provide the sailing community at large.