Mick Meckler, who took an ASA108 Ocean Training Cruise from Florida to Bermuda aboard S/V MONTAUK LIGHT, sent the following comments:
The ocean training
cruise was a super class. An excellent mix of show and do. We reviewed the boat
in detail and then discussed the many different sailing options, storm
challenges, and methods for MOB and abandon ship. Then we sailed a great 8 days
experiencing good wind, great wind, no wind, and wind from the wrong direction.
We reefed the main, motor sailed, and flew to our destination. Taking sun shots
in the morning and afternoon and comparing running fixes. Cooking meals,
maintaining the boat, and cleaning the cabin were all activities we learned
about and then actually did. There was never a dull moment.
Tom Tursi is a great
instructor who would provide thought provoking questions. It wasn't enough to
just do something - we needed to know why and what other options we had. Very
helpful in learning the blue water sailing methods.
The school has an
excellent staff who was always there to share previous experiences and give me
ideas about what to bring, what to expect, and what not to expect. There never
were any surprises. I was well prepared for what we did.
S/V MONTAUK LIGHT
is a wonderful sailing vessel. Shall she have many more years!
It was a true joy to take
classes with Maryland School. I wish I had taken all of the ASA classes with
them as they have always proven to be more thorough, detail focused, and
driven to ensure that all sailing knowledge items were truly learned - not just
~ Mick Meckler