So I've been sailing for about 6 years (this is my seventh season). Prior to getting my first boat (Nash 26') I had been on a sailboat but never sailed, or controlled one.
I feel that my skills are pretty good - definitely room for improvement, but I have a high degree of confidence in myself as a sailor.
Wait let me re-phrase that: "I HAD
a high degree of confidence in myself as a sailor!"
What happened to shake my confidence?
(Image from Topaz Website
My brother picked up one of these little guys and, in the last couple of weeks, I have had the chance to play with it.
First of all it is a real blast!
Second of all it has demonstrated to me my (many) shortcomings with regard to sail trim etc.
Thirdly: it is a real blast!
I'm sure the more I get to sail it, the better my skills will be on the 'big' boat.
I really wish I had started out on the small boat and worked my way up. I know that many sailors have said that this is the best progression, but I frankly did not believe it until I experienced it for myself.
And did I mention what a blast it is to sail the dinghy?