Chart Navigation 101 - last weeks class was absolutely bananas. So much math goes into chart plotting, I tore out of the Del Rey Yacht Club with my mind reeling and my head justa throbbing. Ahhhh, but nothing a steaming hot pile of fried rice couldn't fix (I'm telling you, the secret is grapeseed oil). This weeks class, however, was way more up my alley. That's cause we did all sorts of hands on exercises. We figured out how to literally determine where we are on a chart without using any sort of GPS intel. Nothing electronic. All just lat/long coordinates and if you do xx and go xx where do you end up and how deep is it?
God, I love this stuff. Incredibly empowering - especially when I remember - like baby bolts of lightening - "OH YES! I own a sailboat! How could I have forgotten you??"
Thanks USCG! Oh - and I had to register my boat in LA the other day at the DMV and those fools, those crazy fools. The batty old loon was like - So....we're gonna need you to bring the boat in here. I was like - where? She's like - the DMV. WTF? I said - LADY, the boat is 41' long - you mean to tell me I need to pay thousands to haul it out of the water and get a 50' 18-wheeler to bring it over to Culver City so you can make sure it's actually in the state of Cali. OK - no problem! That's what the USCG is for - they come verify the vessel, duhhhhhhhh....
Left in a fury. Then I made shrimp ceviche and all was well in the world again.
And, for all of you out there that think you might get lonely sailing to remote lands - read this bit that I spotted in the LA Times this week. You are never, ever alone out there. And, don't forget to go see "Oceans" on Thursday - it's Earth Day!