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Re: How nervous are you?
Perhaps you might want to look at your fears from a different perspective.
Really, what's about the worst thing that could happen on a small boat, day sailing around your home port? IMO, it would be a dismasting. Probably the most expensive failure one can have, though rarely does anyone get injured. You said you've replaced the rig and I assume had a rigger tune your rig or done it yourself. Why would you worry that you'll be dismasted, then?
Winch in your headsail and rip out the clew? Big deal, start the engine and power home; all it's going to cost you is some time and money. Engine dies or you run aground? That's why an intelligent boat owner has Sea Tow or BoatUS, when available. Again, it's just money. But any of these things are good experiences for your future sea stories and even increase your knowledge and confidence, after the fact, because you learn that you will survive, most likely unhurt.
We all do our best to insure that things don't go wrong, but you can only prepare so much. So, if something breaks or whatever, then you fix it/learn from it and go out after the repairs; it just isn't all that catastrophic.
You are in a great deal more danger every time you travel in a motor vehicle, that's for sure. So, relax and have some fun. If you can't, then perhaps boating just isn't your thing.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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