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post #37 of Old 04-28-2013
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Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Some background

30 years sailing
about 50 different boats
- one was a Dana 24 (San Juan Islands) - Green Envy -well named and well equipped
36,000 miles
10,000 miles bluewater
Offshore Instructor Evaluator - currently preparing to upgrade to Ocean Instructor Evaluator.

My best advise - SLOW DOWN.

You need some more experience, by that I mean you need to learn how to deal with the issues when things go sideways.

I take people offshore on the west coast of Vancouver Island a lot. Less than 50% actually think it was a great idea. Many just check it off and buy the t-shirt.

Of those who do passages, far fewer decide to do it again.

On the other hand some have done extensive offshore and ocean sailing.

I actually do not like ocean sailing that much. But I am good at it and I get paid to do it.

I admire your enthusiasm, just make sure you are prepared.

I should add that I am absolutely opposed to single-handed ocean sailing - it is a violation of of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

I enjoy single-handed coastal sailing.

ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
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