Never too late to teach an old dog new tricks
A few years back I celebrated my 50th birthday. I remember thinking not all that long ago that 50 was really old. Yet here I was and it doesn't feel that bad.
Conscious that time was marching on, I've resolve to progress from my newly discovered dinghy sailing to yacht sailing. So, in September 2015 I did my Competent Crew qualification. By December I'd taken my Day Skipper Theory and by the following March I'd succesfully completed my Day Skipper Practical.
Fast forward to summer 2018 and I now hold my Yachtmaster Offshore Theory, I've sailed over 1,000 sea miles and I'm working my way toward my Offshore Pactical. I've bought and skipper a 26 foot Gibsea 76 and I progressing quite nicely towards my 10 year plan of being a blue water yachtsman and crossing oceans.
When I started this crazy 10 year plan, I haven't really considered the enormity of the task I had set myself. I think if I had, I would have terrified myself. I've achieved it by taking small manageable steps, concentrating on the immediate challenge in hand and setting a realistic time frame. Added together these small steps add up to a big achievement.We are only here once, so it's important to think big and ignore the doubters.