I am about to start the theory course shortly with Waverides and would hope to be in a position to do the practical just after I complete my circumnavigation of Ireland next year.
After the Day Skipper, then it is the harder exam, the Yacht master. This will be the final exam I will do before I hopefully head off to new pastures, the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.
Bilbo may by then become Bilbo II, a longer and deeper vessel so I can live aboard with the dogs and so that family can visit and stay with me.
I will always keep Bilbo and sail her when I can. She is a great little sailor and moves through the water with great ease.