Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et
You're right about the loneliness, but most of the time singlehanders welcome it. It can become a problem on difficult, prolonged solo sails, when there's nobody to help keep up your morale. That's really the most difficult part of solo sailing. You can learn techniques to handle the problems that arise by yourself, but you never really learn how to substitute for the morale boost that comes from having someone else nearby to laugh or commiserate with.
That's only a problem on the longer trips, though, and it doesn't sound like you're goal is to become a long distance solo sailor.
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio