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Old 16-07-2016, 19:45   #1
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First blue water sail?

For those of you who ultimately cut loose as skipper of your own boat:

1. How far and long (more than 48 hours at sea) was your first voyage?
2. What boat?
3. How much prior sailing experience did you have?
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Old 16-07-2016, 21:50   #2
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Re: First blue water sail?

1. ~2200 nmi, SFto Oahu, 16 days.
2. Yankee 30
3. ~12 years, coastal and SF bay.

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Re: First blue water sail?

1. ~2100 NM, San Francisco to Maui, 14 days.
2. Pacific Seacraft 44
3. Off and on since I was six years old. Coastal and bay, not a lot of total hours.

For the first Hawaii trip we prepared with a couple of overnight offshore shakedowns, and two of my three other crewmembers were friends with more experience (including the Hawaii passage) than I had at the time.
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Old 17-07-2016, 01:46   #4
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1. Approx 1500 nautical miles
2. Vandestadt IOR 1-ton racing boat
3. Approx 10 years crewing on Other People's Boats
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Old 17-07-2016, 06:45   #5
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Re: First blue water sail?

1. ~1,400nm Tortola - Anapolis.
2. Pearson 44
3. ~5 years inland and near coastal
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Re: First blue water sail?

1. 72 hours. No destination. We sailed 1.5 days out into the Atlantic and turned around and came back to Long Is. Purely to get me some experience.
2. Pearson 365
3. +/- 3 years.

On edit - I was not skipper so I guess it doesn't count.
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Re: First blue water sail?

1. The North Sea from Norway to Scotland, about 3 days.
2. This boat.
3. Zero offshore sailing experience. 30 years sailing experience (dinghies, mostly).

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1400 nm Virginia to Tortola, 9 days. We had ~6 seasons sailing Great Lakes and Chesapeake. We hired a skipper with extensive offshore experience for this voyage. Glad we did, since he helped us enormously coping with sail damage and an autopilot that crapped out on the second day.
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1) 850 miles, 6 days, Key West to Corpus Christi direct
2) Amel Super Maramu ketch
3) 3 weeks earning 5 ASA stickers
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Re: First blue water sail?

Neah Bay to San Francisco 630 mi - 5 days age 19, 1973
42' wooden ketch
many hundreds of miles around Puget Sound and the San Juan Is. Around Vancouver Is. shake down.
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Vero beach FL to Miami. What a trip it was too. 1st time is memorable for sure. Loved cooking on the grill while watching the dolphins play. Night coastal cruising was really eye opening. God I miss that! Many great trips from there...
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5 days Bermuda to Branford, Connecticut. A trip that usually takes 4 days. 5 of us on an Endeavour 33'. A rough trip.I was not the skipper but having owned a restaurant in my past life the cooking duties fell to me. I gained a lot of respect by cooking for 5 guys on a gimbaled stove for 5 days plus standing my watches. I had one rule, if they wanted to eat they needed to level the boat while I was cooking and not be trying to bury a rail. Crossing the Gulf Stream was a great experience.
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Re: First blue water sail?

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Neah Bay to San Francisco 630 mi - 5 days age 19, 1973
42' wooden ketch
many hundreds of miles around Puget Sound and the San Juan Is. Around Vancouver Is. shake down.
This is almost identical to our first, except that our boat was classic plastic - 42' ketch. We double handed and had no prior offshore of any kind. Going around Vancouver Is was our shake down but really all it was was a way to make sure we could manage boat systems away from marinas for a month - water, battery, etc. It did not include any overnights or watch schedules.

Going out that first time was a pucker-inducing experience especially in fog so thick the bow of the boat was only imaginary. And fishing boats going as fast as they could in your path all along the way. We went out a hundred miles which really cut us loose from the land that shore-hugging or port-hopping would not do.

Our other pucker-inducing experiences was pushing off 18 months later from Mexico to the Marquesas. 27 days, no land. No nearly as scary as the first time from the Straits of Juan de Fuca though.

I have seen people turn around and go back in and never attempt it again but those were pretty rare cases. Mind your weather and be prepared with a good boat and good nav skills and you will be fine.
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This is almost identical to our first, except that our boat was classic plastic - 42' ketch. We double handed and had no prior offshore of any kind. Going around Vancouver Is was our shake down but really all it was was a way to make sure we could manage boat systems away from marinas for a month - water, battery, etc. It did not include any overnights or watch schedules.

Going out that first time was a pucker-inducing experience especially in fog so thick the bow of the boat was only imaginary. And fishing boats going as fast as they could in your path all along the way. We went out a hundred miles which really cut us loose from the land that shore-hugging or port-hopping would not do.

Our other pucker-inducing experiences was pushing off 18 months later from Mexico to the Marquesas. 27 days, no land. No nearly as scary as the first time from the Straits of Juan de Fuca though.

I have seen people turn around and go back in and never attempt it again but those were pretty rare cases. Mind your weather and be prepared with a good boat and good nav skills and you will be fine.
How much prior sailing experience did you have before you did this?
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