Happy to be here...
Just got back from scaring the hell out of myself, and I thought it might be worthwhile to mention a couple of points about singlehanding without an autopilot... It's blowing between 15-20 here right now, but the wave action is robust due to the NE winds we've had for the last week or so. Anyway, I crossed Port Royal Sound at about 7.5 to 8.0 kts, and once I got out to Atlantic, I came about and headed home. Not a lot to mention up to this point, other than the fact that I always had a rail in the water and was getting jacked by the wave action every step of the way. Can't say it was blowing like snot, but handling the helm and the sails simultaneously was a bit much. Finally, as I came in for the last stretch, I accidentally jibed just as I was adjusting the headsail, and I damn nearly had to swim home. Can't begin to describe how close I came... I'm still shaking. Anyway, I'm back. Need to clean my shorts.