Since long I was wondering what exactly the skills of these guys who's driving single handed around the world have to be. Anyway - om my 44'th day alone in the Atlantic I think I can give a meantime conclusion :
a.) You have to know the behavior of your boat extremely well, in fact you have to feel it.
b.) You must be in the position to identify the crucial parts on your boat and therefore have the right spares aboard - this means that you have to have an extended experienced in sailing with your boat in every condition even in condition which you (probably) never meet during your trip.
c.) You have to be a former dinghy sailor - I believe in the fact that this is the most important point. Only as a dinghy sailor you've learned what exactly are the forces and what a boat is capable to afford - and only in a dinghy the equation : action equals reaction and vice versa is learnable.
d.) You have to have a stable psychic condition and trust in your self and you have to be able to focus on your self and the state of your body.
e.) You must be able to focus on a goal and never loose this goal out of the eyes.
f.) You need the soul of an engineer - to deal with all technical stuff and energy matters on board.
g.) You have to believe in the fact that after some bad days also some good days following up !
h.) You have to love your boat and you have to trust your boat.
IF A - H ARE FULFILLED THAN IT'S GREAT FUN ! THEN YOU SHOULD GO OUT AND SAIL.
Nice evening to All from 36.12.961 S / 0.40.745 E / January 18'th 2017 / 16.41 UTC