Good news! I didn’t sink the boat, or fall overboard although we did a surprise man overboard drill which just happened to be when I was driving. Between us we managed to save the life buoy from drowning so job done there.
We were out for the day on the river Tarn for the practical component of the course.
The course is endorsed by the Royal Yacht Association and our instructors run Nobel Marine in Moissac.
We learnt lots of handy manoeuvres and rope work, did some lock work and generally had a great day on the water.
Once back on shore Alan sat the Cevni test which he passed with a 100% mark! Apparently the first time that has happened. Isn’t he clever? He did study pretty hard for it and it paid off.
So now I have my Inland Waterways Crew Certificate and Alan has his Inland Water Helmsman’s licence so we are good to go.
Now all we need is our boat.
So out of bed early this morning, again, and back we trudged to the train station (a very long kilometre slog over cobblestone and rough paths) for the short trip north to Montauban and then we changed trains for the TGV (Train Grande Vitesse, i.e.really fast train which are so smooth and quiet). We travelled across the country, first south to Toulouse, then we relived old times passing through Carcasonne, Narbonne, Beziers, Sete and Montpellier (we lived in this region,near Pezanas, with Mum and Dad in 2002 when Alan was based in Paris). We then headed to north to Nimes and Valence before arriving in Lyon.
Once in Lyon we picked up a rental car and spent half an hour trying to get the GPS to speak or give directions in English. Finally we were away. That drive probably aged me 20 years and I wasn’t even driving. Lyon is Frances second largest city and in rush hour on the eve of what turned out to be a public holiday, getting out of the city was frightening, at least it was for me! But an hour and a half drive north and we were in Burgundy and the port of Pont de Vaux. We have booked a nights accommodation at Hotel de Raisin (sounds promising) and dinner this evening at their lovely restaurant. Can’t wait 🍸🍸.
Would add some pics but having issues with wifi.