05/26/2005: "Getting a little freaked out..."
Well, I have tomorrow (Friday) off and I plan to go down and prep Rozinante for the big weekend race. The only trouble is, this will be my first weekend trip in my little boat. I've only been out overnight in big yachts with experienced crew. It will just be Jen and I, and she's never done it on a small boat either. Rozinante is seaworthy but the Alaskan coastal waters are icy cold (you have 10 minutes tops if someone goes in the water) and the weather incredibly unpredictable and quick changing.
I went and bought a combination GPS chart-plotter with maps of the area where we'll be sailing, but I don't have a depth sounder (a warning goes off if you're about to ground or run into something under the water)..which makes me uncomfortable.
I ran into another sailing friend at the marine store, he helped me pick out the GPS unit and he seems to think we'll have no problem either but now that the time is fast approaching, I'm starting to feel really nervous. Anyway, I guess it's the next step for me as a sailor and I want to do it, even if I'll be stressed out the entire time. I do plan to take a sketch pad and water colors for when were in the harbor, that makes me feel less guilty about neglecting my artly ways.
So, just in case I meet my fate in the dark dark depths...I bid you all adieu!
(drama queen much)