So suppose a young fella was wanting to know a little bit more about the world of single and double handed racing. How would this guy develop his interest, and more importantly, get started in this type of racing? FInd some beater boat and make mods and and try single handed cruising? I don't know of small single and double handed events. I know of people who would never ever consider it, and folks who are already far down the path of this discipline and are sailing big events, but not many in between. How did the mini sailors on this site decide to take the leap? What were the defining experiences for their development as solo ocean sailors? How would they suggest somebody try to get started with double/solo racing. I doubt the answer should be "work your ass off and buy a boat and go." There has got to be a more sensable thing. Is this really such an all or nothing endeavor? Either you single hand in a huge campaign or never go sailing alone?