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Re: Scary night sail

Some more news on Charlie's boat.
We have made more trips.

The first trip was with the three of us and his daughter.
The second trip was just the three of us
The last trip was the three of us and a friend.
Yesterday it was the three of us plus a co-worker.

For all of these people other than Charlie and his wife Pat this was their first time on a sailboat, at least in decades.

Today was supposed to be just the three of us but a neighbor a couple of docks away runs an association that takes out handicapped people sailing.
They had sponsored a take a veteran sailing day. They must have had 50 people between, veterans, volunteers and family.
The director asked if Charlie and I would be willing to take a few from his group sailing.
How could we say no?

So for our first crew we took three veterans then we can back had lunch and took the wife and two daughters of a veteran out. The veteran was on another boat with his two sons.
None of the ladies in the second group had ever been on a sailboat before.
The first group included a Navy Seal but at least one of the other two guys had never been on a sailboat before.

I'm a little embarrassed to have to report that my initial worry about taking his boat out apparently was primarily caused by my lack of confidence.
Now that I've had six trips under my belt I feel much better about the process.

The lack of reefing, short sheets, dodgy engine etc. are all issues but they seem to be manageable.
Leaving the dock is still not fun. Docking is getting easier.

I really envy those of you who have the same boat at the same dock for years and can actually get to know what you are doing.
I'm usually on a different boat in a different place every day.
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