My second shore school is almost finished, and so far I've passed the weather exam and the IRPCS exam: International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. Tomorrow is the Navigation exam. I can read a weather chart, tell you how conditions will likely develop, and make loose predictions based on wind, cloud type, and barometric pressure. Kinda cool. If you want to impress people by being able to 'feel' air pressure, then with the back to a strong wind (Northern hemisphere only) your left hand will point to the low pressure zone.
Saturday we depart for Thailand again for more exercises, manoeuvering, and pilotage. Two weeks later I'll be back in Langkawi, for a much needed break. When class starts in January, I have to sail about 1900 miles to qualify to sit for the Yachtmaster exam in February/March.
More homework tonight:L complex pilotage plans using secondary ports, tidal stream extrapolation and interpolation, changing time zone crap, compast deviation and varation, etc.
Teacher? My brain is full, may I please be excused?