Thanks for the invite, Arrrrgh.
Your post incites me to pass along a better story than how this thread started.
I bought my boat six years ago this month in the St. Pete area. The owner wasn't present, but across the dock
from my slip was Capt. Kim. He was and is an avid day sailor and a great guy. We went out two or three times a week. On his boat, then my boat, dozens of bay sails
and several offshore
out and back runs. He helped me transition from my Hobie only experience to big boats. Those first few months included just as many single
handed days starting the first week of ownership
. Mostly because of Kim's tutoring and his assurance that "you got this".
His help in learning
how to handle a boat in a marina was instrumental. That's the only time I had any anxiety. On the water
was easy and I had basically memorized Chapman's.
After a few months I headed out on my first coastal wandering, back to Alabama
. Those few weeks would make a good book if I was a writer. Every day a challenge and one of the best experiences of my life. Swamping the dingy, storms at anchor
, wrapping the prop, water spouts, and you name it. But also sunsets, sunrises, the green flash, bio luminance, sea turtles, cannonball jellyfish thumping the hull
, and dolphins
coming out to me out 40 miles offshore
while I was hove to at 3am changing a stern light bulb.
Spent the next year at a marina in Alabama
. Day sailed two or three times a week. Often went out with another great guy, Capt. Randy. I took anybody out that wanted to go and often told them how good it was to go out with Randy because I always learned something from him each time.
One day I was out with Randy on his boat and I asked him how come he often would look for me on the dock as he prepped to go. He said that's easy, I always learn something from you.
So go sailing, and then go sailing, again and again. Go alone, with someone else, on your boat, on someone else's boat. And realize you will never learn everything about sailing.
Stay humble or the sea will take you down a notch.