My First Captain
One of the joys of charter sailing is putting an experienced hand behind the wheel. John LaBossiere just submitted his papers to the U.S. Coast Guard for his 100-ton master license. He took the course and struggled with some of the topics, but you wouldn’t know it to watch him. He adroitly spilled wind gusts of 22 mph on a busy day of 15-20 mph winds along the York River. Not just anyone can qualify for a mariner’s license. You have to have spent 100 days a year on the water for at least three consecutive years. “I worked on freighters and oil rigs for years, and I cross the Atlantic twice. But when I went to get the days certified, the company was out of business. Fortunately, I’ve been sailing three days a week in races that helped me qualify.” He’s thinking of opening a sailboat charter when he retires as a home inspector. Talk about getting out from under.