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I am a single handing GOD!

ok, well, maybe not a God per se, but I did go out, fly my 150 and main, and get rail in the water for a bit before bringing her back in safe and sound. Was my first time single handing, had a blast, and I wanted to brag to someone, but couldnt find anyone that would apreciate it, so I figgured that even if you guys dont care, you might empathise.

Woot. Go me! next step, crossing the channel and overnighting at the islands... as soon as I have a VHF and a portahead.

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James,

As a long-time singlehander, welcome to the club! The first time is always the worst. My knees were knocking together so hard I thought I''d fall down the first time I took my boat out alone. Once away from the slip it was easy. Soon enough you won''t even hesitate. So good for you, and keep it up!
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What do you want a cookie? Now you know why the rest of us do it!

10. Have stimulating conversation with your autopilot, it never argues back
9. The person getting the food and drinks fixes it just the way you like it
8. Cockpit can be as messy or neat as you like
7. You don''t have to shower or shave for your guests
6. No deodorant necessary
5. Belching and farting are encouraged
4. Never brush your teeth or use mouthwash, halitosis...yes
3. One pair of deck shoes is enough
2. You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends but you can''t pick your friends nose
1. Letting it hang out over the side is never questioned, the world is your urinal!
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Good for you!! I was out yesterday too, single handed. Did not have the rail in the water, barely had wind to sail but... well better than sitting in the office at this computer.

I do remember my first time out alone, was very cautious, never even put up the main.

Enjoy the summer.
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last year I took my boat out singlehanded for the first time. Well....the first time was one to forget. It ws blowing like stink but I figured that if I just stayed near my yacht club and went in circles I''d be ok. NOT.... I was scared sh..less and ran for cover within 20 minutes. I dropped the sailes, turned on the motor and went back in. Then about 2 weeks later, I couldn''t find anyone who wanted to go out for a sail with me and decided even though I wasn''t prepared for the 1st try, I''d be ready for this one. Not as windy as my 1st time but a good 15-20kts. and a strong current. I was focused and did everything slowly at first. As my boat stared to gety going I again got a bit scared but that passed. I felt one with the boat and the wind. I was loving every moment of the sail. Now, a year later, I''m happier alone on my boat than with friends. Contemplating life, enjoying some music, feeling the wind on the face, not having to talk to anyone except myself, being lost in my own thoughts. I still bring friends on board and I have a crew when I race, but singlehandling is a completely different world which I now love.

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>What do you want a cookie?

Yes please. Chocklate chip or snickerdoodle are acceptable forms of sacrafice. =)

> Now you know why the rest of us do it!

Oh, you cant find crew either? They''re all flakes. Dont let it bug you.

>10. Have stimulating conversation with your autopilot, it never argues back

Autopilot, yhea, I need to get one of those soon. VHF and portahead first.


>9. The person getting the food and drinks fixes it just the way you like it

After I get some self stearing mechanisim I may be able to spend more time fixing food on the boat, as it is I just brown bag it.

>8. Cockpit can be as messy or neat as you like

My boat I get that anyway.

>7. You don''t have to shower or shave for your guests

I generaly shower for me. I dont shave for anyone.

>6. No deodorant necessary

Yhea, thats a for me thing too. ew.

>5. Belching and farting are encouraged

outside of the cabin, ok. inside, hey, I know my stuff stinks, I dont need to reenforce my views.

>4. Never brush your teeth or use mouthwash, halitosis...yes

See point 6.


3. One pair of deck shoes is enough

It''s not otherwise?

2. You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends but you can''t pick your friends nose

um.. . yhea.

1. Letting it hang out over the side is never questioned, the world is your urinal!

yhea, I do need to get a portahead.




oh, and Maestro, rock on.

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James,

Can''t help smiling (re-living) when reading your post: I remember those salad days, as well. Congratulations! You''ve made it over a big hurdle. Don''t it feel great?

Now you have your eyes on more distant horizons, and your enthusiasm and new skills will take you there. But a word of caution:

Along with the port-a-head, find some way to lash that tiller in place so that you can leave it for at least a short while. Otherwise you are stuck on the stick every minute (I don''t know how far that island is, but imagine relaxing a bit as you cross). From a store-bought "Tiller-tamer" to more pedestrian lashing with line and/or shock cord, anything that will give you a break will be worth its weight in gold.

I learned this when I buried my rails of my C22 in the water so far (on the first day of my very first shore-hopping multi-day cruise) that the battery jumped out of its box and I lost all my electricity (no autopilot). I rigged a line to keep the tiller centered and steered by small sail-trimming adjustments (learned a lot about balanced sailplans that day that had only been theory before).

Have at it, but think ahead!
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Yay!!! Isn''t it grand??? I took our Tartan 30 out solo (or with my 5-yr-old daughter, which is like less than solo since you also have to be babysitting while sailing!) and it was wonderful.

now we have a 39-footer and I am kinda sad because I probably won''t be singlehanding her for a while.... much more boat to handle, learn, etc. On the T30 it was EEEAAASSSYYYY.......

Anyway, have a GREAT time. This is what it''s allll about.....

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Yes, you are a sailing GOD...enjoy the hell out of it. But just remember that Mother Nature is the Queen Goddess...the all-powerful.
Demand a whole bag of cookies and eat them in one sitting!

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oh, we have no illusions of who''s in charge. My dad was a sport fisher, and I''ve been on the 30 foot boat in 30 foot seas 300 miles off of Mexico. No, I know the oceans bigger than you, regardless of who you are. That, and, well, people in kayaks arent intimidated by Josie.

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