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Funny, only folks I saw were Donna and Melrna.

Rest of you must have been hiding

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Donna - geez I am getting of getting blamed for good habits. Wait until I introduce you to the bad habits.
I got stood up again and left high and dry by someone that promised to meet up. Gary is now safe forever as my main man! Name withheld.
This was my 8th SSCA gam I think. For the life of me I do not understand those sailors that live in the area on why the do not attend. No where and I mean no where is there any place where you can get an education on sailing from the authors who wrote the book, in a small environment, rub elbows with sailors who have done it all, for a small price, and have so much fun doing it. Enough said.

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What Melissa said. We spent some time in rocking chairs overlooking a fantastic view chatting with people who had been sailing since forever and who covered more of this earth than I'll ever see.

The food served at Saturday's dinner was very good, too.

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Donna - geez I am getting of getting blamed for good habits. Wait until I introduce you to the bad habits.
I got stood up again and left high and dry by someone that promised to meet up. Gary is now safe forever as my main man! Name withheld.
This was my 8th SSCA gam I think. For the life of me I do not understand those sailors that live in the area on why the do not attend. No where and I mean no where is there any place where you can get an education on sailing from the authors who wrote the book, in a small environment, rub elbows with sailors who have done it all, for a small price, and have so much fun doing it. Enough said.
Guilty as charged. Unfortunately, I had to put my daughters before the gam but I stand properly chastized.

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Guilty as charged. Unfortunately, I had to put my daughters before the gam but I stand properly chastized.
Oh sure, play the daughter card !

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Donna - geez I am getting of getting blamed for good habits. Wait until I introduce you to the bad habits.
I got stood up again and left high and dry by someone that promised to meet up. Gary is now safe forever as my main man! Name withheld.
This was my 8th SSCA gam I think. For the life of me I do not understand those sailors that live in the area on why the do not attend. No where and I mean no where is there any place where you can get an education on sailing from the authors who wrote the book, in a small environment, rub elbows with sailors who have done it all, for a small price, and have so much fun doing it. Enough said.
I have to take issue with this statement an am sure to be ridiculed by the usual suspects.

First ,I am an SCCA memeber. Having attended the Gam once I can tell you its a great gathering and certainly worth going to. But lets be real here. At the risk of offending I must say there is more to sailing than a cruising lifestyle. To think that only those who follow this lifestyle are really "true" sailors is part of the attitude problem. I have even been told by one of them that I "park" my boat during the week and they are the true sailors because they liveaboard, this in spite of the fact we sail many more miles than they do in a year.

You dont have to be a liveaboard to be a true sailor. It is one aspect or group of the sailing community. Not the lead group. not the top group, and certainly not the only group. Its easy when part of a group to lose sight of the fact that the majority of sailors are not necessarily in this group. Most of us dont want to live aboard our boat permanently, but applaud those who do as they are fulfilling THEIR dream. It isnt necessary to castigate others by belittling them for not sharing in YOUR vision.

These others also have fun, gatherings, belong to yacht clubs, sailing orgainzations, racing organizations, CG Auxilliary etc. I would bet the majority of the sailors on Sailnet belong to this group as oppposed to the cruising community

There are many good sailors in this area who get good educations in other aspects besides cruising. There are many courses seminars through the year given on boating, engine maintaience, racing, survival, etc. in the Annapolis area.

The Chesapeake area in particular has many racing groups. You certainly can get a good education or commradiere and have a great sailing experience in them also. YOu do not need to cruise to get this. You do not need to rub elbows at a Gam to get this. Rememeber I am not saying it isnt worthwhile, just saying its not the only thing out there and that to get a true sailing experience maybe its better to try lots of different gatherings or groups.

The problem when you are a memeber of a "cult" you forget that the majority may not see things they way you do. Telling them you dont understand why they dont attend is not necessary and could be seen by others that only those who do attend are the "real" sailors.


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Dave,
It's far, far more than just cruising oriented.

The topics I attended were
Anchoring
Rigging inspections
Sail trim
Electronics integration in today's world.
2 on weather (getting and reading grib's).

what, specifically makes these subjects 'cruise'?

I'm not ridiculing - which is your choice of word. I'm asking.

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Don't put words in my mouth. I never said true sailors, cult, Live aboard, or only avenue to learn. So let's get real. Only that the gam is a great place to learn from those that wrote the book on various aspects of sailing. Cruising is both part time and full time. The mechanics are mostly the same. Racing is a different animal. A great way to learn how to sail. One season racing is like 5-10 seasons cruising.
All one has to do is look at the topics and the speakers to see there is something for everyone.

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I think everyone can learn from everyone.

I don't cruise but I've picked up provisioning tips that I use on and off the boat, especially keeping food fresh longer. Some of the conservation tips I've started using at home just because they make sense. Weather happens on and off the boat. I love those workshops in particular and learn something new each time I attend one.

I met non-cruisers and some who didn't even have a boat. Everyone was made to feel welcome because we shared a love of boating, regardless of the amount of miles we had under our keel and regardless of the type of boat.

I have been a member of SSCA since I had a 22-foot boat that darn sure wasn't cruising anywhere. The members I've met are nice people. The fact that the gam happens so close to home is convenient and a bonus to my membership fee.

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Sounds like a great time, hearing what all the topics were and what seems like a great group of folks who share a similar passion for sailing. We opted instead to enjoy a weekend to ourselves and get away from people and the rat race of the work week for which I have am thankful.

Not sure what you, Dave, are inferring from Merlnas post? I didn't get that vibe at all, but someone who was sharing the experience they had.

From everything I have heard I need to join this great group of sailors! Cheers
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