Welcome to SailNet Shonagh!
A lot of folks here are from the US. However, the UK, Australia, and I'll bet a few from NZ are here too.
Please, DO NOT let the few trolls that have made it past the rigorous sign in process scare you off...
Also, be careful about sharing your email address publicly, as there are a lot of weirdos out here... Be extra careful of a guy named Smack from Texas.