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  1. #11
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    I am particularly terrible at talking about, or really even figuring out, why I'm so into this ridiculous, expensive, somewhat dangerous venture of singlehanding offshore.

    I'm the kind of guy that likes things to go smoothly, and likes simple chains of causation when things do not go smoothly. When I'm singlehanding, I know just who to be proud of when things work, and exactly who to blame when things go sideways. That is crazy comforting to me.

    Dolphins playing in your bow wave is magical. Dolphins playing in your bow wave at night, visible by the plankton they're activating, is life changing.

    Setting your own schedule in all things is excellent.

    A perfectly trimmed and balanced boat that doesn't really need you at all to make best speed is a source of satisfaction.

    An anxiety, confronted and conquered alone, is better than any other kind.

    Weirdly, the other soloists you encounter are easy to socialize with. Perhaps it's because you, a fellow soloist, are one of the few people that doesn't need to question their strange affection for the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talonf4u View Post
    I am particularly terrible at talking about . . . singlehanding offshore.
    Doubt that. Because your written description is not terrible.
    Lee
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    Some things just defy reason for spending unholy amounts of time and money to pursue them. It's best not to think of the SHTP in rational terms. You'll just know it's right for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talonf4u View Post
    Perhaps it's because you, a fellow soloist, are one of the few people that doesn't need to question their strange affection for the sport.
    So true. All of us "weirdos" may not fully understand why we spend so much time and money (and risk) for this race - we just know that we have to do it because it's there.

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    Besides, any Norbert can FLY to Hawaii - what's the the point of that?

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    There is a world that exists outside of human kinds control and manipulation.
    For a short time we get to experience and exist in harmony with it.

    People tell me I'm crazy, I just smile.

    So many good comments, takes me right there.

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    Has anyone ever sailed back via Alaska and the Aleutian Islands?
    Jim Murphy, void star, Santa Cruz 40

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrdmao View Post
    Has anyone ever sailed back via Alaska and the Aleutian Islands?
    I think Michael Jefferson (Mouton Noir) did it one year. I don't recall how far north he went though remember him saying that things shut down there around September. If Mike doesn't pipe up here directly, I'll send him a note.

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