Thanks for posting
these, Running Rabbit. All very interesting reads.
I was struck, though, by some of your introductory comments where folks had said to you while gathering the blogs that single-handers blogging is kind of contrary to the point or done by folks with ulterior motives. To that I strongly disagree. Just because a person chooses to or is left to single-hand, it doesn't mean they fit one tiny cookie-cutter mold
of aspirations or intentions. Folks have a right to choose to sail on their own because they value solitude above all else. They can single
hand because they like the challenge of taking on an adventure with only themselves to rely on. They may single-hand because of the spiritual connection they feel. But they can also single-hand because that's all the hands they got and the alternative, for the present or longer, is to sail alone or not sail at all. The last group deserves as much respect as the others because they are still getting out and doing it! I don't think it is for any of us to judge.