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post #51 of 128 Old 10-10-2006
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I've sailed laser II's for most of my (semi)adult life, having sailed with and against many female crews. When I sailed Cork I noticed many gals heading out in their Bytes, Lasers, etc. in to 25 knot plus winds... Really gutsy stuff... Guess some guys have a bad attitude because they are unable to eat humble pie as they watch from shore, too scared to go out, and eat the DNS instead... ...

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I am in the process of completing the "America's Great Loop Cruise" single handed. It is the first time I have single handed. I have done near 5200 miles and only have about 250 more miles to go in order to close my Loop. On this trip I have met many people and I have to say that I have received many a compliment from the men I have met. Most have been amazed at what I am doing. Of course there will always be the odd one who thinks I have no business doing this. Each to their own, I say. I am 57 years old and have always enjoyed a challenge. I have been told I am the first to do this trip single handed in a sail boat. If there is anyone who knows another woman who may have done it ahead of me, I would really appreciate you dropping me a line. indigolady@hotmail.com Don't let anyone, especially a man, discourage you from living your passion. You go girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Congrats on the Great Loop...have fun finishing it off...what do you plan to do next??

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Thanks sailingdog. I am not sure yet. Probably just enjoy sailing around here for a bit until hubbie retires. Maybe do some more crewing, which I did before I single handed. I live on Lake Erie, in Amherstburg, ON. I would love to meet any other single handers that would be sailing in this area, also.
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I spent the last two months working on a new boat, goto www.jheld.mysite.com to see it and learn more about me.
I'm still looking for the single hander that want's to be a couple.
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Hello Ladies and Sailing Dog,
Just wanted to say "Hi" from CA. I have still only gone sailing once since I moved onto my houseboat, but I recently met a guy who offered to take me out on the ocean next week.
You will probably think I am silly, but I totally love just borrowing my neighbors little dighy and cruising out as far onto the ocean as I dare in the tiny little metal tub.
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Hi ya all
As u know I grew up in florida and the water was my life but the military life has taking me from sea to land for most of my adult life...but now with a 18yo gone and a 16 yo in house... all I have been thinking for the past year two years is being in the water sailing....but cash and job has hinder me from that dream.... even more so that my husband is not a water person.... and I am living 4 hours from sea in Atlanta GA.... but i will keep dreaming...keep reading and continue to do a lot of virtual sailing while i'll wait for the day that the wind will be upon my face..the rain will be running down my back and the spirit of the ocean will speak my name.... till then I will live in my virtual sailing world reading of people like you... Yes, I continue reading and continue dreaming.. I did finally graduated with my BS degree..which came in the mail this past weekend.. funny, I don't feel any smarter...and I probably won't until I get out there on the water and build confidence in sailing the winds and battling the water... Hope all has been going well and that you have prepared for spring....jojo



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Thank you Gentleman and ladies...Very good advice and tips. Jared...Thank you very much. I like the PVC idea in practicing docking. I will definately give that a try and I appreciate the encouragement. Every weekend I get a bit more comfortable. I have all the safety equipment except the strobe light. I also have been reluctant to run the jackline and attach the tether because I haven't gone that far off-shore yet but I'm probably being a bit foolish. Anytime out of sheltered water is probably a good idea to hitch up? I see so few sailors by with a tether; what is everyone's personal take on this?

JoJo...good luck with getting back to the water. I was patient for 15 years and now I've reached a time in my life when I have the money and a wee bit of time to escape to the water. My other half will not, under any circumstances, leave the dock. However, we have a wonderful agreement to let each other do their hobbies and at the end of the day we love each other twice as much for it. I hope your husband sees the benefit of a happy sailor wife!

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Hey JoJo....welcome aboard! You may be far from the sea but have you considered fresh water??
http://www.laniersail.com/

Might be fun!
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Hey PB... long time no hear...

Welcome aboard JoJo... Congrats on the BS... Sailing on lakes can be a very good way to learn... the wind on lakes tends to be less reliable and more fluky than the wind on the ocean or a large bay. As such, it can teach you far more about sail handling, anticipating and finding wind shifts, and things like that, than an equal amount of time sailing on the ocean would, so it is definitely something you should consider.

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It's an honor just 2 get a reply from u guys...I been reading sailnet for some time now and the knowledge, advice, jokes u share is amazing....Like between you 2....the BLUEWATER4US guy... equipped his mind and his sailing boat... if he noted all that was shared to him he should be somewhere south... were you guys will be.......to take his offer on some free drinks...... in his DR bars...

The list goes on & on.... but that’s just one out of so many threads that I read and save to a document.... that I always see your name and your over flowing knowledge...

Actually.. I was looking up some sailing clubs today and making some calls..
I will drive from Lake Lanier, Hartwell, Savannah, Charleston, to Jacksonville just for some experience...
I am an EMT-I / Firefighter so I have a shift schedule of 24 hours on, 48 hours off and if I take a shift off I get 5 days free...

I love to drive and be on the road so jumping in my cruising van and camping in a near by location is no problem for me.. I am hoping since I am willing to labor for the tolls of sailing....that someone out there will take me in...for some labor and some $tips...

Plus, if I can keep the cost down during this learning process my better half will be happy and it might just give me the leverage I need to eventually buy a 23 to 26 trailer sailing boat...

like you guys have said over and over again... you can have all the book knowledge of sailing but if your not out there sailing... what good are you….
Plus if I remember right your advice to making a better sailor...is starting with a small sail....

Thanks again boys... for all u contribute 2 the sailing world...
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