I'm looking for advice, recommendations and/or experiences from anyone who anyone may have participated in the Around Long Island Race
. I'm interested in signing up to participate in the 2012 race
and was hoping to get some tips on what to expect and how to prepare for the race. I'll be racing single
handed. I'm not looking to win, just want to be a part of it and have some fun.
A little about me...
I have about 6 years of sailing experience (inland lakes & LI sound). My ship, Sailor's Soul, is a 30 foot Pearson
300. She has full keel
with a 3.5 foot draft
and weighs about 10,000 dry. She carries 25 Gallons of diesel
, and 50 Gallons fresh water
. I have 3 sails
, Main Sail, working jib
. My safety gear
is set to coast guard specs and I have 3 different sized anchors on board. I have basic engine
gauges, and GPS
through my laptop
care of OpenCPN
and MX Mariner (Android Phone). I do not have an autopilot
, but I found sh can hold her course off the wind
with the wheel
Beyond that, she's a clean slate and we are both yearning for adventure. She just had her shakedown cruise
this past Sunday, and everything went well. The rigging
, and instruments all check out. All that's left it to flush and refill the freshwater systems.
Has anyone done the ALIR? What did you think about it, and how should a first timer prepare for the race?