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I sailed 70 miles in 10 hours through the night, milky way, shooting stars and pink lightning off my starboard shoulder. I'd do it again
That right there will cure a lot of pissiness. Well done brother.
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Capt, you got to tell your buddy how you feel about it all. I know us guys hold back our emotions. They get all bottled up when we don't let em out. Maybe you say "Hey John, you know I could have used a break at the helm last time we sailed together." Then again maybe he reads this board and he'll figure it our on his own.
Actually, the next day when he asked if rather than drive me as promised back to my jeep which i left in Miami, if he could just rent me a car instead, i did tell him how I felt , and as we finished the sail and he would return my friendly patient suggestions with whiny dickish attitude, I told him to watch his tone and mind his manners, so we are on the same page.

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That right there will cure a lot of pissiness. Well done brother.
The pot of espresso and the mug of red wine helped and could be a little to blame, that and the 2 8oo mil ibprofin I had tossed back. I was feel'n no pain, alert and mellow all at the same time.

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The more I sail with other dudes, the more I'm reminded why I single hand.

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I'll tell ya, i spent over 3 grand on a capehorn wind vane this year. That coupled with my tiller mate thing. I'm as free as the friken wind. Half the dishes to wash and all the provisions are for me, I could go on and on about the advantages. Ironically, he would of been screwed if I were not there to help him. But that boat is no single handler and has no auto helm.

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at least he didn't come at you with the winch handle.
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OK so now the truth comes out.
It was a perfect night and you just didn't want to give it up.
I've been there done that.
Sounds like a very nice over night sail worth staying up for. Sleep deprivation is real though and my 55 y.o. eyes get a bit untrustworthy after 20 hours of being awake and looking for lights in the dark off Sandy Hook, NJ.

Hope you and your buddy are ok.

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Aaron,
I hope you are lucky enough to one day find a true sailing partner.
I've had two in my life and they made the experience so much better for me.
My first wife went from a spoiled NY girl to the perfect crew and together we sailed from SF to the Seychelles. Through good weather, gales and hurricanes, that girl was a rock and together we could sail our boat anywhere and in any conditions. Losing my wife wasn't near as hard as losing my crew.
Nikki is the second; she set sail w/ me from Newport for the VI, via Bermuda, never having sailed a day in her life.
Now she does it all, trimming sheets, furling sails, polishing metal or plastic and taking long watches while I get some shut eye. She loves being on the helm, working through the island lees, catching a lift here or getting headed there. We share cooking so I don't get bored w/ mine and she'll do the dishes more often than she should.
A true partner, friend and companion, she a much better conversationalist than my cat.
She does not want to be the admiral and at times will refer to herself as the sCrew, for she is also my lover, of course.
With the right person, there is nothing better than sailing together.
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you know what capta--- STFU!!!

Bast@rd.

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Yeah know, we have been to sea a lot together over the past 25 years. We crewed on a tall ship for years together, we even were arrested in a Venezuelan brothel back '89 and driven out into the jungle hand cuffed together in the middle of the night. So there really is very little love loss. And what was lost will re kindle. But I'm still kinda pissed a little. Some other trivial sh!t went down just before and after the trip that added to the whole, But I actually had an epic sail that night. I sailed 70 miles in 10 hours through the night, milky way, shooting stars and pink lightning off my starboard shoulder. I'd do it again
Sometimes people that are close to us will take us for granted. Happens all the time in friendships, marriages, and families. You just have to find in your heart to forgive and forget. He needed you, you were there for him, you scored some good karma points that will come back to you some day. And sounds like you also had some good sailing time. Not bad my friend, not bad at all...
And thanks for sharing this story.
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