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post #9 of Old 02-15-2008
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To me, the one thing that distinguishes offshore sailing from coastal cruising is that, if the weather turns bad, the coastal cruiser can run for shelter, but the offshore sailor has nowhere to hide. The offshore sailor has to be prepared and equipped to cope with any conditions, however severe. If you're out so far that you can't get to shelter within any weather window afforded by available weather services, then you're sailing "offshore," and you'd best be ready to cope with whatever comes along.
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