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Best way to learn how to sail?
My wife and I more-or-less did both. We took a US Sailing basic keel-boat sailing course on a lake. Then we took several ASA sailing courses on the Texas gulf. We''re inland, so we practice on a lake for sailing, but try to get to the coast for "real" experience. Strangely enough, with our limited experience, we sail more on the lake and motor more on the coast. Lake experience is OK for "sailing" but dealing with navigation, ships, tugs, barges, etc. we really need coastal experience.
As for classes, when we were on the coast last weekend we saw a young child being directed by his parents negotiating the channel. We thought, perhaps if we''d grown up doing this, perhaps we''d master sailing. Now we think we''ll be more like somebody who learned to ride a bicycle at 40 and can get around but not really all that well.
Essentially, there is so much to learn why not take several classes? We still wonder why a company, even with insurance, would let as take out their boats, but why not their boat and not out, perhaps, future boat?
Anyway, we''re working our way up to a modicium of (in)competence. Next month we join a flotilla in Greece -- bare-boat on trainer wheels we think. Classes and contacting with an indepedent captain have gotten us to the point we think at least we''re not a menace to other folks.