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Old 03 September 2001, 04:58   #11
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Will post thread re chartering over the next few days once i've crafted something that will do it justice

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Old 03 September 2001, 07:16   #12
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I can thoroughly recommend Jon Clifts school.
His forte is that he only does one-to-one so YOUR training goes at your speed and covers your areas of weakness etc etc
At Plymouth Sailing School I only did my VHF/DSC Course-it was very good-but not the course you enquire about.
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For information , the Irish Sailing Association also run a similar Powerboat Training Scheme to the RYA and in fact we cross recognise each others qualifications and Instructors .

Our Advanced Power Boat Course here in Loug Ree Power Boat School involves each Student under taking three thirty mile sea passages one with GPS , one without GPS and one of which is at night , both with and with out GPS . Our Coastal training centre is off the wild Atlantic Coast of Connemara and involves Island hopping and a night on one of the wilder ( in more ways than one ! )Islands .

My panel of Powerboat Trainers here in Ireland upped the standard of the Advanced Power Boat course here in Ireland a few years ago as we reckoned that the existing syllabus as reflected in earlier postings was a bit tame and could lead people into a false sense of over confidence in their own abilities .

The advanced course over here is just that !
A challenging 2 day - one night of off shore Atlantic Coast Passage planning and cruising ( with and with out GPS )

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Old 06 September 2001, 05:32   #15
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Our Advanced Power Boat Course here in Loug Ree Power Boat School involves each Student under taking three thirty mile sea passages one with GPS , one without GPS and one of which is at night , both with and with out GPS .
Out of interest, is the the ISA syllabus, or your own Lough Ree special?

It is much more what I would expect an "advanced" course to be, and sounds like something really worthwhile.

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The answer to that question John is a bit like our local restaurant being asked recently if the Salmon they served was smoked or Poached . The answer to tell the truth is ...........A bit of both !

The ISA syllabus would lean a bit heavier on preparing people who are offshore cruising some where remote like the west Coast of Ireland rather than the Solent .

Lough Ree Power Boat School just happens to lucky in that we run the Advanced course on what is some of the nicest cruising ground around .

The same 30 mile triangular voyage is undertaken by each of the three students three times . Each student is responsible for planning and leading a 10 mile leg on this voyage . A Pilotage plan for harbours at the start and finish of the leg is also required .

The first day , the students are not allowed to use GPS .

They are allowed to use GPS over the same triangle at night . The journey direction is reversed and each student operates a different leg to the day time voyage . The GPS will be turned off at an inopportune moment on each student during the leg and the student will be expected to complete the leg using old fashioned Navigation .

on Day 2 the students is allowed to use GPS for passage planning and for actual Navigation . Again the student will have the leg that they did not have on the previous two voyages .

Other skills such as heavy weather / surf handling , sector search , beach landings etc are covered during the normal course of the two days


We also run a two day academic module which gives Level 2 candidates the necessary theory in Navigation and Pilotage prior to coming on the course .

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