Wouldn't it be refreshing to read a novice write about how he or she would like to become high point champion of his or her local yacht racing club, or to become a competent coastal cruiser who enjoys a yearly week long vacation with his or her family, or to become a safe captain who entertains guests afloat...
Instead, the novices want to circumnavigate, then subsequent threads reveal that they can't leave the marina or the inlet without help from the U.S.C.G. or TowBoatUS, can't compete in a club race without a serious injury or a MOB, or can't leave the dock because they don't know how to start the inboard.
There is a comical discrepancy between absurdly unrealistic goal of circumnavigating and the simple enjoyment of the pasttime most of us derive from sailing.
I suspect if they had realistic goals to begin with, we would not see 98% of the same boats tied up at the marina every weekend...
To the merchants out there, make sure you fleece them while you can! Pretty soon, reality will set in...
This reminds me of the commercial with little kids stating depressing dreams, like "I want to climb to the ranks of middle management," and such. That may be where people end up, but I doubt any of those things is a dream. If we don't have big dreams, we won't get very far at all since it's just not very motivating to do anything. I am one of the newbies you all are speaking of, and while I have a dream/idea/feeling that I would like to circumnavigate, it isn't solely for the sake of doing it, and I'm not hell bent for leather on doing it either.
We'll do it slow and at our pace, learning and perfecting as we go. Right now we are sharing a boat and sailing on a lake on weekends, next step is to charter for a few weeks, then buy our own boat (when we know enough to know what we want) and try to cruise more and more frequently for lnoger strtches and distances.
At any point we may say, "this is where we are happy, lets keep doing this" and that'll be just fine.
Our dream may not become our reality, but it will get us closer to where we want to be than 99% of people who choose not to dream.