I earned 3rd Mate.  What?  Not to downplay it, but I think the owner of the school was feeling generous.  I’ve looked at the list of skills I needed to learn, and I’m at about 70%. Anyway.  

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My next goal is to crew a boat outside of lessons.  Maybe for a bachelor party or something, and if they get drunk and unruly, I’ll tie them to some rigging using a bowline knot.  I continue to practice on the CTA, balancing coffee between my legs.

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On Saturday’s lesson, the boat went faster than I’ve ever gone during a lesson.  The wind was good, and the boat was crewed by lady sailors.  I think that had something to do with it.