We received this letter from Pam Stroberg who took an ASA106 Advanced Coastal Training Cruise around the DELMARVA peninsula with us in September 2008.
I have to admit that
I, at best, applied “reluctantly” for the advanced coastal Delmarva
navigation cruise. My husband and I sail our boat alone for the most part so I
knew that it was important for me to be able to handle our boat single-handedly
if need be. However, I was scared to death to participate in such a challenging
cruise! Now, a few days after returning home I am marveling at how I enjoyed the
trip on so many levels. It was challenging, exhilarating, thought provoking, awe
inspiring and yes, fun! Our Captain/Instructor, Jochen Hoffman, is not
only an accomplished mariner but a true teacher in every sense of the word. He
set by example the high standards by which he expected us to conduct ourselves.
And while he ensured that we all participated in every task and role, Captain
Hoffman seemed to have an intuitive understanding of each students varied levels
of experience and customized his instruction for each of us so that we all came
away having more knowledge, confidence and experience that far surpassed our
expectations. For me personally, this was a major growth experience. I
feel far more confident now in handling what I thought were tasks that exceeded
my strength limitations such as man overboard maneuvers. Navigating by dead
reckoning without the aid of electronic chart plotters actually works in real
life! And too top it all off, pods of Dolphins swam right up to our boat. What
more can you ask for?! I would highly recommend this course to all the
“Nervous Nellies” who know they need to enhance and hone their seamanship
skills but think they couldn’t handle it. It is such a freedom to know that
you actually can!