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Old 04-04-2013
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Re: My Liveaboard Cruising experience with Offshore Sailing School

Good report, good on you and your instructor in the challenging conditions. Instructors are total slaves to the weather, and we have to obey, and show respect while trying to keep everyone reasonably happy and learning.

I teach typically in smaller boats, day lessons. With a 10-knot wind, we're all "Mensa". Drop that to 0-2 knots and I'm "Densa" as an instructor. I'm now a 'consultant'--i can tell you about sailing, but can't do it

Crank it to 20-25, and we're still sort of Mensa, but it doesn't help us except to remember to hang on, with "one hand for yourself and one for the ship", and please don't linger or fall to leeward, we need total "rail meat" on a boat that outweighs us by only 3 to 1. We might as well be Densa, but it's exciting. I tell you what happened after it did, words are too slow and events too fast.
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