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post #4 of Old 05-18-2004
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help with lifes dream

I know exactly where Duncan is and can tell you that you are in one of the most spectacular cruising areas in the world. You have every opportunity to learn to sail right at your doorstep.

Your first priority will be to obtain the new Canadian operator certificate without which you cannot even operate a motorized dinghy anymore.

Then contact one of the sailing schools in your area (there are ISPA schools in Sydney and in Comox). I don''t agree with the advise to go charter. It appears that you don''t have ANY experience..? You will need to take some courses for sure. I recommend talking to Chris or Cathy Parry at Island Cruising in Sydney. (250 656 7070). They can help set you up to obtain the necessary qualifications to point you in the right direction.

You can tell them I sent you. I know them from about five years of doing every course in the book...

However there are many schools. Just open the phone book and you will find them.
Magnus Murphy
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