ASA101 Student does Single-handed Figure-eight MOB

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I had the pleasure of teaching this father and son team, Doug and Peter, ASA 101 this past weekend.

Day one went fairly well as we learned and practiced tacking, gybing, hove-to, reefing, and docking. By the end of day one we were all tired.

Let me tell you, these guys must have dreamed sailing maneuvers and techniques all night cause with the start of day two they were spot on!

I explained that they need to practice MOB maneuvers every single time they sail until they can both do them single-handed with-out thinking. Doug said that he didn’t think it could be done and I said, “Sure it can! Want to see?”

Well you can guess his response, and so, I did.

After I was done he said, ”I think I can do that, let me try!”

This video is of Doug Churdar, two-day sailor, executing a very nice single-handed “Figure-Eight MOB” with the new close reach recovery.

I told him for certification he had to prove he was safe. I think he has!

Hats off to Doug and Peter, what a great team!

Captain Frank

Bits n Pieces 01/09/2015

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What a nice week, even with the cold weather, I had a blast.

I had a great 101-103 class. My students, Ian and Tonya, were well prepared upon arrival, very enthusiastic to learn a new lifestyle and start their dream of world travel, and open to all I had to offer. They did a great job!

Then, after the completion of that class I rolled right into a RPBA 1101-1102 class with George. This was George’s first experience on a boat, let alone a big boat, yet his pre-class preparation and eagerness to develop skills and experience allowed him to develop confidence in handling many different boating scenarios.

 This Week’s Toast:

Here’s to the man who is wisest and best
Here’s to the man who with judgment is blest,
Here’s to the man who’s as smart as can be –
I drink to the man who agrees with me!

This week’s toast was found at:

What’s next?

I have an ASA101 class starting tomorrow. Thankfully the cold and wind will subside by then.   I can’t wait to get it started.

I have been off the water for the past two days. Yeah for me! I avoided most of the cold!

My office has the best view in the world! How lucky am I?

Looking ahead!

Look for an article this week coming about the Recreational Power Boating Association (RPBA).

I’ve been busy planning trips for the spring. These trips are designed to be fun, educational, and for some, a little challenging. They will be flotilla style, so the more boats the better! I’ve put together 3d/2n, 5d/4n, and 7d/6n versions. For more information look for Sailing Florida’s e-mail, On the Water… With Captain Frank, and Sailing Florida’s website. You can also call me directly at 252-207-7179 or e-mail me at for more information.

There is, perhaps, a no more classic boat drink than this week’s drink. There are hundreds of different recipes for this drink. And, everyone think’s theirs is the best! There are however, some common elements to this drink, so take this recipe and customize the hell out of it!

This Week’s Drink:

Rum Punch

  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 can pineapple juice
  • 1 can fruit punch
  • 1 ½ cup White Rum (increased to taste for strength)
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. bitters
  • Orange and lime slices for Garnish

This week’s drink was found at:

And, with that, Sayōnara. Till we meet again I’ll see you On the Water…With Captain Frank!