First Solo Sail

Today was a beautiful day to get some sailing in! The temperature was unseasonably high [71 Fahrenheit] with winds from 10-12 mph.

Today was the very first time I’ve ever gone sailing single-handed. A couple other times I went out recently I was doing all the work, but there was someone actually in the boat with me. Today was a little different feeling, though, since I knew I was really all by myself. I’m really glad I decided to go out! It was very cathartic…a kind of soul-cleansing, if you will, considering the changes that occurred last year. At one point today with the sound of the boat rushing through the water powered only by wind and the birds overhead, I was just overtaken by the peacefulness that I have now. I was feeling very grateful and thankful that God’s got my back and looking out for me. :-)

A friend of mine was participating in a weekly yacht club race, so me and another friend took our boats out [he also has a Hunter 25] to watch the race for a bit. You’ll notice in the graphic below the many back and forth tacks where I was staying in one general area to see the race.

I was able to take a few photos of myself as well as the race. Enjoy!

Mike

Single-handed skipper Mike

Single-handed skipper Mike

Weekly race

Weekly race participants. The boat on the far right is a friend who also has a Hunter 25. He’s not in the race, but from this angle, looks like he’s winning it!

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The day’s track

 

 

About the author  ⁄ Michael

Looking forward to trading in a life on land for a life aboard a sailboat and cruising wherever the wind takes us.

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle
    January 27, 2014

    Excellent! That must have been such an experience! That is definitely a long term goal for myself. It looked like perfect conditions too! Sailing does bring one the feeling of peace. When I am in my little sailboat sailing there is no music on earth that can compare to the sound of the water on your hull, birds overhead, as well as dolphins and fish splashing around you.

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      Mike Author
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks Michelle! It certainly was an excellent experience. I checked out your blog and your little sailboat. Honestly, that looks like more work than a larger one…lol. You’re right about the sound of water on the hull and birds, but I have yet to experience dolphins. Cannot wait till that time comes!

      Mike

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    Deb
    February 4, 2014

    Congrats! That’s a real landmark. You’ll always remember that day.

    Deb
    S/V Kintala
    http://www.theretirementproject.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Mike Author
      February 5, 2014

      Thanks! It sure was a landmark experience.

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