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Old 02-12-2021, 19:31   #1
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A Reluctant Admiral and an Old Salt

My husband Dave was a navigator in the Navy and has had daysailers throughout our marriage. But me, I was nervous just walking down the dock. Two years ago I decided to conquer my trepidation and fight fear with knowledge. I started by reading everything from Slocum to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to Aebi. I studied obsessively before taking five ASA courses. I took courses in boat systems, diesel engine repair, and marine electrical systems. Last summer we sailed to Martha's Vineyard for 106, which was my longest sail and the first time I was at the helm at night. Somewhere along the way sailing became my newfound passion, and Dave, of course, couldn't be happier.

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Old 02-12-2021, 19:36   #2
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Hi Cheryl,

I love this story, and perhaps we'll run into each other on the Vineyard next season. (Figuratively ) Welcome to the forum!
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Welcome to the Forum Cheryl. Good move on your part; it's never to late and you're never to old to find passion.
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Sounds like you're off to a great start. Congrats , and welcome to the tribe .
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Hi Cheryl,

I love this story, and perhaps we'll run into each other on the Vineyard next season. (Figuratively ) Welcome to the forum!
Thanks so much, yes, figuratively speaking, only! Maybe we'll make it to Nantucket next time.
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Welcome to the Forum Cheryl. Good move on your part; it's never to late and you're never to old to find passion.
Thank you, Taichungman! Yes, "it's never too late", but sometimes my achy joints disagree, and I regret that I didn't try sooner. My brain was firing on all cylinders all summer long, for sure.
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Sounds like you're off to a great start. Congrats , and welcome to the tribe .
Mike, thank you for your kind words. I want you and all the regular contributors to know how helpful this forum has been to me as I was reading different posts and absorbing different viewpoints to any number of different situations as a guest lurker...
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Welcome to CF D & C....
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Welcome to the forum and welcome to our shared passion. You sound like you are very motivated and committed to learning. Both will serve you well in this lifestyle.
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g'Day Cheryl, and welcome to CF..

Many folks have natural immunity to the sailing disease, but that ailment is even trickier than Covid and sneaks past ones defenses. Once infected most folks never recover, and have the disease until death.

In this case, wellness is over rated! Enjoy your time in the intensive care cockpit, and post a bit about your adventures.

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