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First solo trip

I'm proud to announce that I was able to sail my new boat, a Catalina C22, for the first time (solo) yesterday!!! The weather was perfect. Well, perfect for a January day anyway. Temp was about 57 degrees and the wind was about 10 or so. Not the most challenging sailing conditions, but pretty blame good for a few hours on the water anyway. The next trip is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. My son is home on leave (USMC) and he is going to go with me. I tell you folks, it doesn't get much better than that.

I'm just proud that my son can join me on the boat for a couple of days. Spring is just around the corner and I've contracted a terminal case of Spring Feaver!

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You lucky dog! The water here at 7500' has been a bit chunky lately, should move to 'bama or maybe Texass to escape the winter. Two more years and I'm outta here!
When my son comes home on leave all he wants to do is sleep and eat at Taco Bell!
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Canoeman,

Congratulations, may I ask you how old you are? And why only now you sail.

I'm trying to figure out some of the people that start sailing now and why.

You can PM if wish to keep your age secret!!
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Canoe- Congratulation! I'm very jealous. The harbor I keep my boat in doesn't even open for another 4 months and 11 days!!

BTW- Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make while your son is serving.
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Hi all,

I'm glad the water here isn't "chunky". As far as I am concerned, we have had our winter here in 'Bama. It happened sometime in November and it was awful. The temperature got all the way down to the low 40's!!. Jeez I hate cold weather. January has arrived and February is a short month. As far as I am concerned, March 1 is spring and it's just around the corner. I can't wait. Thank the Good Lord, our marina doesn't close. They do cut off the water at the dock, just in case, though. I'm not going to be able to go out tomorrow (eye exam), but we are going out Saturday. My son, the Marine, says that that's as close to being a sailor as he wants to come. (No offense to any Navy guys, but you know how Marines are).

As far as why I started sailing in my mid 40's is simple. I've built and paddled wooden canoes for years, and still do. I'm working on a 19.5 square stern now which will go to my brother up in Tennessee. During a trip to the boundary waters area in Canada we canoed about 100 miles and during that time we rigged up a sail made of rain gear and extra paddles. It worked pretty well for going downwind. After returning home I rigged up a small mast and sail for another of my canoes. It won't point very well but it's a lot of fun. I managed to buy a 14 foot open sailboat from a friend and began experimenting with a jib and mainsail and got thoroughly addicted. Now I eat, sleep and breath sailboats. My wife says that she's going to stage an "intervention" to aid me with this addiction, but so far I have resisted successfully.

We went out yesterday to find a marina closer to home. I think she's catching the bug as well.

Thanks also for the kind comments concerning my son's service. He's my HERO.

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I've contracted a terminal case of Spring Feaver!
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Way to go Canoe, anytime on the water beats any day on shore. A slight 10 knott breeze and singlehanded for the first time....... what could be better?!

I also I have spring fever and like T34C I too am stuck here in the midwest. The Strictly Sail show is only four weeks away and its all down hill from there.

We are changing Marina's this year and moving to the other side of the lake, so that has kept my attention for the past couple of weeks. Now all I can think about is planning our weekend cruises in new waters next spring. Can't wait.

Enjoy your sail this weekend. Dip a rail for those of us high and dry.
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Guys I went sailing today, and again you "feet dry" were on y mind!!
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Thanks for thinking of us G. I feel so much better now! LOL

Hope you had a good sail. I really enjoyed the last batch of photos you posted. G In bad weather, That was great fun.

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If you like racing go have a look at what I just posted!! TP 52

Enjoy

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