I'd been sailing twice in my life:
When I was a very young kid in the 70's...on a Hobie Cat.....all I remember was going very fast, holding on to the trampoline like deck, and seeing my dad and the guy who owned it standing on the outside hull as the boat tilted way up.
Back in February, a friend took me out on his Catalina 36, and nice newish 2005 model. He spent a couple hours teaching me stuff, we did some tacks and I pulled sheets...he told sailing stories....then put me behind the wheel. As I became one with the boat, wind, waves and was in control of that magnificent vessel, something changed in me.
6 weeks later I bought my Catalina 25!
I've been teaching myself to sail... and getting out there and sailing! Plus, all the work I've been doing on my own boat has been richly rewarding, making her my own.