Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Western NC
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Hi there, I sail in the same neighborhood. I think your comment about "partying friends" raises questions for me. I presume they'll get the anchor down before getting lit? Probably not the best idea to tie one on (not a bowline) as skipper with just a few hours of boat handling under your belt.
As far as just friends joining you in general, I wouldn't hesitate to bring some friends along on a sail! I could not have done it without friends early on and we have some great adventures, like romping down the cape fear in contrary wind/current with 8 foot square seas and the main halyard whipping around like a missile. I mean, I did some dumb and dangerous stuff, but all relative with my class 5 kayaking crew.
Now that I am more experienced, I like to think I know what I'm doing more of the time, and want to instill confidence in my crew -- like Nick says. As long as you're safe, and have a sense of humor, I would not hesitate to bring friends along. I would not have them along just to party on my boat, but to sail. That's can be an asset, having another able-bodied adult when learning. The Neuse is a great place to learn and as long as you pick your weather, especially watch these afternoon thunderstorms, and you'll be fine.
Have a blast-