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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?
It really depends on what route, and what boat, but three weeks is a pretty optimistic crossing from Hawaii to California for instance. It doesn't sound so bad, but try going and living in your kitchen for three weeks, never sleeping more than 20 minutes at a time, and randomly turn the spritzer on the sink spray you for a day at a time. At the same time, no kindle or books (they got wet and destroyed), no tv, no phone or internet, just sitting on your kitchen floor for a few weeks. Only eat food that doesn't need refrigeration, but you get a candy bar at the halfway point. Then at the very end on the three weeks, roll a dice, and if it turns up even add another week.
Sure it is makeshift, and much easier than reality, but it will give you an idea of what it's like to do any distance solo sailing. Which is why the solo racers have to go thru significant proofing before they are allowed to even compete in many solo offshore races. The solo transpac for instance requires a minimum of a 400 mile solo sail for provisional admittance.
I have done a good bit of solo sailing, up to about two days between ports. I have been sailing for 30 years, and raced big budget offshore programs, and done more deep water deliveries than I can count, and I wouldn't even consider a solo circumnav. I don't like myself that much.
Last edited by Stumble; 12-28-2013 at 02:36 PM.