Having never set foot on a sailing boat before, I was well up for the challenge of going from zero to hero (theoretically speaking) and passing the Theory component of the RYA Day Skipper course.

Held at the beautiful RNLI building in Poole, Dorset, the course was very well run and the tutoring aspect was very informative.

Pleasingly, for such a newbie, I gathered and assimilated the information well, quickly rising to teacher's pet as I began to master my charts, line of sight, meteorology, seamanship, pilotage, collision regs, emergency procedures and rules of the road.

I'm pleased to say that after some swatting, I passed with flying colours and am now looking forward to the practical aspect part (with severe trepidation - remember, not been on a sailing boat before, it's all theory to me). But I'm up for it, I could be a sailboat captain yet...