Just to say Hi.
While I was in Havana a week ago for a vacation
, I happened to take the T2 circuit tourist bus which ended up at Marina Hemingway. I marveled at the boats for a while there. Cuba
will make a great place to cruise
. I will be back some day with a boat there.
I have been day crisuing for 4 years now in Lake Ontario
, I am a member
of a sailing club which teaches and shares sail boats. An excellant arrangement. But now I intend to get more serious into sailing and eventually sail the world (I likley will need to drag my better half with me).
Near term goal is get some blue water
experience. Finish my pilotting course and read, read and read. This site and its members have a wealth of experience for me to learn on crusing.
I probably will not be able to contribute much to this site for now as cruising is all about been there and tried that. But in time, I will be able to share some of my experiences like this summer being caught in a squall skippering a boat with 4 in experience sailors (one of them being my younger daughter) in a 2009 31 ft Catalina
. It was quite the experience to the drop the sail, start the engine
into the wind
but away from shore, while in a sea of gray walls all around, being pelted with hail, thunder, lightning
, heavy rain, high wind
and waves. Oh, the crew were safely below deck
but they got a little bit sea sick. What save me was a discussion I had with one of the more experienced club sailor in the begining of the season,where he said, he just kept an eye on the compass
and headed away from land. So after about 45 minutes eveything cleared. Risk management.