Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA
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I agree with Sailingfool and you guys. I took the class for keelboating, but supplementing with reading book after book and also crewing a bit. I feel comfortable on a boat, and ready for a first season exploring locally sailing on my boat and on others. The catch is that the classes are just a great way to get some hands on experience thats all about your skill level. I dont recommend assuming competence based on certificates, that comes only with experience. I do recommend classes, because it will be a great way to get familiar and learn the safe way to do things (often not taught by friends or other sailors), and because it's a fun albeit small part of learning to sail...