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Old 05-22-2006
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Singlehanded and "brave"?

I'm glad I ran across this post tonight because I have been ruminating all weekend over the reaction I have received as a woman singlehander. I am a 38 year old woman and new to sailing. I just bought an older 27ft Hunter to sail the New Jersey coast. I've only been out four times and every time someone says (both male and female) something to the affect of "are you by yourself?...hmm... very brave." What am I missing? I've never thought of sailing as brave, even for a woman alone. Sure it is adventurous and gets my heart racing, particularly because I still make a generous amount of mistakes as a newbie, but is it as dangerous as their odd looks are telling me? What am I missing and should I be more cautious, being a woman and sailing alone? And, completely off the topic, how the heck do you dock the boat by yourself into a double narrow double berth wedged by two brand new 40 ft. power boats?

Thank you for the great posting!
Karen
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