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Re: Are sailing schools worth it?
In my experience as an instructor I have found that many self taught sailors have some of the worst habits.
I would rather start with a "blank slate." (BTW - "blank slate" is a sailing term. I think it would be a great name for a boat.)
It is also essential that folks get a bunch of experience between various sailing standards.
Personally - I got my feet wet on a Tartan 10 racing on Galveston Bay, then took some lessons and went sailing for almost a decade, then got some additional certification before becoming an instructor.
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As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)