I used to be 1st Mate on a 1985 34' Pearson sailboat. Lots of fun memories from sailing every other weekend on the eastern end of Lake Ontario.
I was the chart reader and in charge of radio comm, gear and safety. I attended several USPS courses over the years.
I'll confess that I've gone to the dark side.
These days, an open bow 18' Starcraft I/O is my vessel. Easier for me to launch and handle solo on a local reservoir.
dh2b was an excellent student and is now the skipper, until I relieve him of the helm.