I've recently finished a three day learning-to-sail Keelboat class in NYC, and I have to say that I've fallen for this great hobby/sport/lifestyle/etc. I can't wait to sail under the Verrazano Bridge or sail in Long Island Sound for the first time.
I've been reading this website for about a month, and I've been amazed by the fountain of knowledge I've discovered on this site.
This website has definitely started my imagination flowing, and I hope that one day I can fulfill my dream of sailing to the Azores on my own boat.
I have two questions I'm hoping that this community can answer for me:
1) I'm wondering if anyone can recommend an (inexpensive) clubs in the NYC or Long Island area which has a fleet of boats for newbies to sail. I don't want to buy a boat when I even don't know what I like (or can afford) yet!
aka *** MUST GET BACK ON WATER ***
I've found two clubs in NYC and one in Oyster Bay via google, but that doesnt' tell me if the club is worth the price or if the members enjoy the club.
2) More importantly I would like to hear what other websites, books, magazines, guides, etc that people find valuable.
Basically I'm looking for the books or websites you wished people read before posting something on these forums (e.g., Should I buy this used boat when I know nothing about sailing or boats.... )!
Thanks for your time and for this great community!
Hopefully I'll be able to earn the Cpt part of my nick eventually!