Monday night was my first real offshore
sailing experience. I sailed 60miles from Marco Island to Cape Sable. Not realizing there's NOTHING in cape Sable. No phone service
even. The offshore
part was amazing. It was night and the autopilot
was doing all the work. Then the power went out and things got real, real quick. Luckily I have a back up handheld vhf
and my compass
. Didn't expect to have to man the tiller so long. Really wore me out. Finally got hove-to and fixed the power.
It's totally an experience I'll never forget. I wasn't prepared for the mental toll being alone in the ocean at night would take on me. Not being able to see land is a whole new experience for me. I started to doubt the equipment
for a bit. But i stayed the course I plotted and made it safely. Beat and drained. But I did make it.
Like I said earlier. It was my first time ever doing something like this. I feel better about my boat now. She acted like a perfect vessel. It was great.
I'm anchored In Marathon now. I'd really like to buddy up with anyone going to the Bahamas Just for safety
and someone to chat it up with on the VHF
Anyhow I'm real green but I'm a good listener and quick learner.
And I'm ready to sail more.