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Getting some good sailing time!

Now this has been fun! I got some quality time under the wind, for the last 3 days in a row the weather has been super nice. Its completely amazing what I have learned already. I managed to do approximately a 28 mile round trip today with a friend in Lake Ponchartrain. Believe it or not, Fri I had the gutts to single hand her but only with a main, it went well. I posted several videos on youtube. Below is a link to one of them, the others are all there too. Also some good pics of my "new to me" boat especially the video titled "My Oday 22", she is beautiful and in excellent shape. I will hit it all again next Fri, Sat and Sun as long as the weather is nice. I have to get some better sunblock.

YouTube - Cruising along in my Oday 22
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Many weekends I teach, out of West End.
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Congrats!

Okay great you're doing a great job! It is all about learning and becoming confident with your boat. You're on the right track. Being a liveaboard on my own sailing catamaran I would impart this advice:

(1) Be safe! Don't take the vessel past your own comfort limits!

(2) Keep the life jacket on!!! Even if you think it gets in the way.

(3) If you're by yourself, get in the habit of harnessing yourself in with a teather. Make sure someone knows your sailing plans, when you leave and when you're getting back.

That is all I will say for today.. but I know the feeling you're having well! Enjoy!

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