Mr. Cthoops and I wrapped up our ASA 101 course yesterday, and we agreed that it was an amazing experience - worth every penny. We had completed 7 out of 8 Sundays on a 9' Dyer Dhow in a community sailing course first (tomorrow is the last day for that) and that experience definitely helped as far as familiarity with the concepts, etc.
After we passed our test yesterday our instructor said we could sail as much as we wanted to, on our own, for the rest of the day so we took her (a 20' Bristol) out for about four hours. I was a bit nervous about leaving the security blanket of the instructor behind, but I knew I needed to get shoved out of the nest and spread my wings to fly eventually.
We sailed in the more sheltered area of the bay for a while until we relaxed a bit, and then we hove-to and had lunch. So cool! That heave-to is like magic! Love it! Anyway, after lunch we went out a bit farther and had a great time.
When we were unsure of what to do we took the conservative option (our instructor later confirmed that was the right thing to do), and the mistakes we made won't be made again - no doubt they will be replaced by others.
I think the classic was as we were motoring up to the dock and our instructor (who was observing from the dock) called out, "Where are your fenders?" Oops! Won't do that again!
Anyway, it was a fabulous three days! We have 16 hours of practice time on the boat coming our way, and we're looking forward to learning more (and increasing our confidence) with each sail. I have no idea how I'm going to concentrate at work on Monday, but maybe by then the sensation of bobbing on a boat will have disappeared.