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post #1 of Old 08-21-2012 Thread Starter
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Hello All,

I would like to learn sailing as fast as possible. I have taken a couple of 2-day courses for beginners, but that's not nearly enough. Here is my goal: in 8-10 years, I want to own a sailboat and charter it. So, I have time to get to this goal, but I need some help...

Which schools do you recommend? I live in the Middle East, and I am thinking of spending a summer doing a live aboard. However, most I've seen are about 6-7 days. Are there courses that can take me from beginner to...what? I am looking for something like 4-6 weeks to really get my feet wet (yes, that was on purpose!). I know I won't be a captain in a summer, but what is a realistic goal to become one?

I have many more questions, but I'll stop now and see if anyone has any ideas.

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