Day 2 of Power Boating

Day 2 of power boating, for many on a similar course this would be their last but thankfully we have another two days on top. It was the end of November, how can I expect to be warm and dry whilst power boating? Of course not, extra layers and a determined attitude seemed to be the best and only option to get through this day. The conditions were dramatically changing one moment a ray of light would provide warmth and the next an overshadowing cloud would bring a shower of cold wet and miserable rain. But I was not held back by the weather, when practicing man over board it provided a physical challenge that positively contributed toward my learning experience, after all smooth seas do not accompany great power-boaters. The day continued on and I could not help but think about was how hungry I was, the tasks were in good practice but seemed to be repetitive, containing areas such as mooring, anchoring (…which is pretty simple), small manoeuvres which I may need more practice to iron out the simplest of mistakes but I believed I had the grasp of and man over boards which was fun but had caused my hands to become wet and numb. Is it time to call it a day? I was beginning to feel bored, challenged at first but nothing was stimulating my attention, I was falling back into a state of boredom; I could not help but pay close attention towards the cloud forming over Plymouth and hoped for a storm to occur, the waters were already rough and choppy but by now I want to experience what it feels like to learn in an environment that pushes my limits. Thankfully, we as a group decided to take a trip past Plymouth Sound to experience the waters that were blockaded by the breakwater, I’m excited and anxious at the same time, if it is all too much, then this can go wrong very quickly. As a group it was promising to see everyone enjoying their trip towards the breakwater, especially those who were driving. The most unique aspect of high speed manoeuvres was the awareness of the tide, somehow after the seventh wave, a large wave would dramatically occur, so to counter this it was wise to accelerate appropriately. However, if your sense of humour relates to mine then you know that, accelerating appropriately is not going to happen, from which, caused the boat to crash into the large wave and thus, drenching everyone on board. Even though this may have been out of humour, it somehow connected the group dynamics closely where the increase of morale was clear. So far, I feel like I have achieved something that may be insignificant to some. But, the element of working towards a level 2 in power boating has had a lasting impact both personally and professionally, where I feel I have developed emotional, social and intellectual skills.


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