I hope you don't mind, but I shared with Laura on her guestbook, your post. That is what you call "cross-plugging" and I hope the mods don't mind either................
Laura, It just keeps getting better on the Cruiser's Forum. Nick, aboard S/V Jedi, a Sundeer 64 and a very respected member/cruiser put up his top ten in the poll
...... Top Ten Most Inspirational Sailors... Willem Janszoon (Duyfken).... Abel Tasman (Tasmania, New Zeland etc.)... Willem Barentsz (Barentsz Sea etc.).... Adriaen Block (Block Island, most of New England).... Maarten Tromp (ended Spanish naval power and kicked English butt).... Piet Heyn (took the Spanish Armada).... Jacob Roggeveen (Easter Island, Samoa).... Michiel de Ruyter (kicked English and French butt).... Connie van Rietschoten (Flyer, Whitbread).... Laura Dekker (the story continues)
Now you are REALLY in some good company and you deserve to be after your year long fight with your government
and more importantly, your ability to dial in to what ever boat you sail. I'm sure for you it is just a sixth sense, but for the rest of us takes a long time to become "one" with our boat. Bob aka "deckofficer"