I could probably FILL the "Don't want you name here" thread...YIKES! Can't tell you how many times I thought "note to self.....", or "hey that's going to leave a mark
. But like I wrote eariler, it's the best way to learn.
I didn't have much time to sail after I purchased the Hunter before it was time for haul out
; and my last experience left me seriously considering selling her! I'm a little "ify" about the water ballast, but with time I think I will get more comfortable.
I also made a change where she'll be kept next season. Instead of out in the mooring
field, I have rented a slip at the State park directly across the canal from my sailing club. I really didn't enjoy rowing out in the dinghy
; so hopefully that will work out. I was getting pretty good at catching hold of that spear buoy though!
I'll most likely have my instructor come out a few times with me, I need some help with learning
how to reef properly and sail trim, and I'd also like to try my hand at racing
....although many here like to flame the Hunters ability to win races, I believe it would still be fun to try.....besides my PHRF is right up there, AND she's great in light air....AND I've crewed with all the other skippers in the club and know their habits LOL!! All factors combined might help me win a few! I'm the only woman skipper
in the crusing class, but alas it won't garner my any lee-way!
As for my trip, I'm about 30 days out! I still can't believe I'm going. I've had my friend as a pen-pal for about 35 years, that's who I am going to visit. He's been here for 2 visits, and is a sailor also. I'm going alone and the flight....well not looking forward to it but should be OK. Guess I'll print out that research
material I've been meaning to read and take it along!
Thanks for the reply, looking forward to "chatting" again