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post #103 of Old 03-09-2012
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

A good friend reminded me of my youthful sailing when we discussed this over dinner. Two of us bought a 27 Wharram cat and with only life preservers, a compass and a chart left Caswell Beach and headed around the Cape Fear to Wrightsville Beach, NC. No motor, never sailed this boat before. Just went. Wind change from summer thunderstorm had us screaming offshore. Next morning we entered the inlet with the tide and finally anchored up. We recognized the water tower to orient us to the inlet. These days the idea of sailing 65 miles to Beaufort has me making all sorts of preparations. What a difference 40 years makes. I think as soon as you assume the role of Captain you will realize responsibilities and some things will change. Take your time and enjoy the ride.
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