We heard back from the sailing school. I got a 100 and a 95 on the first two tests and my wife got 99 and 91. Since anything over 80 was passing, I'd say we did rather well.
We've passed our first two classes and are studying for our third but I thought it would be a good idea not to lose those practical skills, so as a last minute idea this past weekend we rented a boat for an afternoon of sailing.
Unlike most of our classes, we again had a reasonable amount of wind. We did all the usual maneuvers. At one point I was having some fun doing figure 8's around two of the reservoir center-line buoys. We even hove-to so we could enjoy our sandwiches for lunch. It was good to get out and sail again.
Everything went well...until we came in to dock. Now, I remember in the first class that the instructor said when you get on and off the boat that you have to commit to one or the other. I was at the helm and my wife was ready with the dock line...but when she stepped onto the dock she was leaning back a bit and fell back so she was half on the boat and half on the dock. Well, when one doesn't commit to one or the other she found that you are automatically committed...to the water.
It took a bit to secure the boat (an unsecured boat seemed especially dangerous with someone in the water around unforgiving docks) and then get her out of the water. Docks don't have safety stairs and the easiest option was to use a neighboring boats swim platform (we did try using a line on the winch to create a makeshift ladder stair first). Other than a bruise, the only damage I think was her pride. She's a trooper though and all is well.
Overall, other than the unanticipated swim, it was a good day. So, I guess now it is back to studying for our next class.