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Now this is my 3rd failure in my attempt to pass my Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License, and it vexed me beyond measure that I failed at the berthing section yet again. I thought I had it, after a practice session the previous day with almost a 80% success rate, and I cursed my wretched luck as I felt a strong gust of wind during my approach, pushing the boat away from the finger. I left the assessment centre with a failure slip on my hands, while I watched the lucky ones who were assessed in calm conditions prancing out with the certificated in their hands.
However, the more I lingered on this experience, the more I realised that as an aspiring skipper, it is my responsibility to acquire the skill needed to handle the boat under all weather conditions. It is my duty to train myself to be proficient enough for my crew and property (the craft) to be 'in good hands' under my charge. So this failure is a blessing, really, to push me towards becoming a greater skipper than I could have been if the weather had been calm enough for me to pass the assessment with ease.
But still, I envy the talented who could waltz over such challenges without feeling the sting of failure.
As a result, since it's my vacation and I have one shot left at passing the assessment before my exchange overseas, I have resolved to doing everything I can to practice craft handling. I have arranged an appointment with the captain who runs the training programme, and I will ask if there's work for me to do such that I can have a few hours of practice sessions every week as my wage. (Those sessions are expensive mind you!)
It's a long shot, but what else can I do? Any suggestions on how I can work on my handling skills? Googling for boat simulators right now -.-