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Old 12-10-2011, 22:39   #1
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Training Wheels Are Off

A few of you may know of my trials and tribulations with me learning to sail, and now getting out of the harbor and into the open water of the Pacific Ocean. I thank all of you for your advice and words of wisdom. Today it hit me...Its all in my mind...and its just like when I was young and my brother took off my training wheels. I was TERRIFIED at first, but once I knew I could do it alone, I was ecstatic! Well today was the day! Went out for an AMAZING sail with the previous owner who is a friend of the family. We went into open water and caught some GREAT wind and had the boat powered up to 6.5 knots. We probably could have squeezed another half a knot had we been trying, but we were just getting out there and enjoying the AMAZING weather....I am not quite ready for the Ocean singlehanded sailing yet, maybe after another trip or two supervised. Here are a few pics of the sail...oh and we had whale sightings! What an amazing sail! Full story and video will be here and my blog.

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Old 13-10-2011, 03:36   #2
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Re: Training Wheels Are Off

Just wonderfull...stay after it and it'll get as farmilial as jumping in the car and heading down to the local store.
Well done.
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