Why are we run­ning against the tide?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS - Paul Wright

I was mor­ti­fied to read in YM (Jun 17) that the RYA will not dif­fer­en­ti­ate tidal and non­ti­dal Day Skip­per qual­i­fi­ca­tions from 2017. In my Tidal Day Skip­per, four days ashore pro­vided a the­o­ret­i­cal un­der­stand­ing but the real les­son was five days on the So­lent. A 2.5-knot tidal stream looks noth­ing on pa­per but see­ing it on a course to steer re­ally ce­mented my re­spect for tide and its ef­fect, es­pe­cially through Hurst Nar­rows on a night sail!

To di­lute this dis­tinc­tion be­tween tidal and non-tidal train­ing makes a mock­ery of the train­ing sys­tem. We all may as well for­get the RYA train­ing all to­gether, read about tides in a book and sail in UK wa­ters and see what car­nage en­sues.

Just be­cause I have read and un­der­stood a book on quan­tum physics, it doesn’t mean I can now at­tempt nu­clear fu­sion.

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