by Tom Kirkman
Lady friend with back injury. Loves sailing, has completed numerous offshore sailing courses and helmed 40 footers. But she loves the thrill of dingy racing but can't find a boat that suits her physical abilities. She has been with me on the Weta a few times but never in high winds. Yesterday the winds were about 12 to 18 and I suggested she sail it a bit by herself. I thought she'd stay out about an hour. I didn't see her again for more like 4 hours.
When she finally came in she said the boat wasn't "fast" enough for her. But when I watched the video and saw the big grin on her face the whole time I know it's a done deal. I think she'll buy one this week. I watched everybody come in yesterday and her smile was the biggest out of all the other sailors. These boats are just a heck of a lot of fun.
Here is the short video of her first time helming the Weta while in the boat by herself. I told her the wind wasn't enough for her to capsize so just go out and let it eat. She can work on the finer details later after she buys one. I added subtitles because the wind rush over the unprotected microphone made voices difficult to hear.
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