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Old 12-13-2011
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I personally do not think you can become a competent sailor in a week of courses. Competency requires some level of hands-on experience from which you develop the necessary judgement and responses. I'd suggest you look around for a local club, some one must be frostbiting int he area, and see if you can spend get some weekends in as crew and then skippers in small boats. The take your classes.

If you do the class (and get the certifications as I suspect you would), be sure next Spring to get yourselves into a club boat somewhere and spend a few weeks with your hands on a tiller...before you head out of a harbor as the skipper of a cruising boat....
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