|Tammy (plodding in paradise) describes fear as a many-headed beast|
Mariners have always known it: life at sea has its dangers. Things can happen out here. We take every precaution to make sure they don't, but still.... In this collection of posts, our bloggers write candidly about their fears, great and small, and a few that might surprise you.
This was a Raft-UP topic, October 2012.
Behan's fears (Sailing with Totem) have changed over the course of her cruising career. These days, she's most concerned about the kinds of events that can't be planned around.
Steph (Norna's News) points out that sometimes it's not what you don't know that'll scare you, but what you do.
Tammy (plodding in paradise) acknowledges that some--but not all--types of fear can be her friends.
An inconvenient accident for most could be a deadly mistake for Ean (more JOY everywhere!).
Stacey (S/V Bella Vita) worries not just about what they could be heading off into, but about what they might be leaving behind.
Lynn (s/v Celebration) confesses to some rather unique "normal" fears, but remains undaunted by them all.
Diane (Ceilydh Sets Sail) wishes she were fearless...maybe. And in the second post, she describes her strategies for handling strong emotions on the high seas:
Some cruisers bring their fears with them when they head out to sea; Jaye (Life Afloat Archives) discusses a few she's acquired along the way.
Cruising first as a kid and then as an adult, fear is something that Verena (PacificSailors) has grown into, which may be for the best.
For Karen (Toast Floats), five is the magic number. Five--plus a cat--lets her sleep at night. Five lets her live.
The best remedy for fear? Experience, says Holli (sv Shiloh).
Laurie (So Many Beaches) reminds us: There are old sailors and bold sailors - but not so many old, bold sailors.
Jessica (Project Motor Boat) responds to news of a sailing tragedy in the Pacific by confronting a deep and abiding fear:
No matter how many miles you've done as crew for someone else, it's different when it's your own boat, says Maria (The Spray Logs):
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