Originally Posted by Flanza4
Rakuflames, yep still consider myself a novice
. Always something new to learn when sailing. I have sailed on friends and other peoples boats but most of my experience comes from the last 4 years. It's different when you own the boat and your in charge Huh.
Think I might try a crossing with some others, that have that experience .
Also still got to do the Harvest Moon. I'll get there though.
PS if your not from around these parts
, Harvest Moon is a regatta offshore
from Galveston to Port A.
Having fallen into that pit, let me tell you what's wrong with "crossing with others" for safety
They still won't be on your boat.
If your headsail jams, they won't be there to help you get it down. If you need to reef, you'll have to do it on your own. The one time I was really in trouble out there, there were two other boats with me - and not a thing they could do to help me.
Fortunately I (I'm serious now!) had read "Sailing for Dummies," which decribed what was going on, and what to do about it, but although it was NICE to know I wasn't alone, there wasn't anything anyone on the other boats could do to help me.
I would urge you to not just cross the Gulf. Going along the coast there will still be two good-sized spans for you to start to get a taste of open water
, but with relief at the other end if you need a break.
That's my opinion, for what it's worth.