I agree with most of what Max said, except I have a different take on solo sailing. I frequently sail solo, and I think the danger level is exaggerated. I would argue that my sailing solo, but sailing safely, is alot safer than some reckless sailors in a group.
The keys for me is that in my area, there tend to be other leisure boats around without too much traffic (and relatively little commercial traffic).
Anyway, keep the stories coming, because we in the Northeast have to sail vicariously through the rest of you.
Yah - Maybe I over exaggerated. I solo sail too. Often, I write stuff aimed at guys starting out. I think we are on the same page?
A point I left out is this: any operator (capt, solo or not) has things to consider. It's your choice, and yours alone.
-Sailing to Block Is in the summer with the kids, solo cruising LI sound
-Solo around the world at 16
-day sailing, kite boarding, windsurfing, etc
-learning to sail by trial and error.
-seasoned solo sailors
all great stuff.
Do whatever you want. There is stuff to consider.
Reading Kacper's story reminded me of stuff to consider.
He told a great story. He's obviously an accomplished solo sailor. He almost died. He knew what he was doing and knows the cautious steps he skipped.
I solo sail (40'). I've sailed 40 yrs. Believe me, bad snit is a lot worse when you're alone.