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Crewbie.. gotta start somewhere

Some folks here suggested I go for a sail ASAP to make sure it's something I'll enjoy. With some help from Craigslist I found a yacht club 50 miles from me that has Wednesday night races and there is ample opportunity to catch a ride as crew. Especially if I buy the beer.

I wonder how many of you started this way.....

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LOL... a human ballast that brings the beer... sounds like a good deal to me... and I'm sure you'll get a few good offers... I started much younger, so couldn't buy beer, being about 10 at the time... and learned at summer camp. Good luck, let us know how you make out.

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Racing on Wednesdays and 'sailing' on the weekends can be two entirley different experiences. I learned to sail at camp and have loved it since. My neighbor and friend invited me to crew on Wednesdays about 12 years ago and I loved that also. I've been buying beer every week for the last 12 years, moved up from grinder to helmsman and we race with or without the owner. The nice part about 'beer can' racing (atleast in our area) is that there seems to be a wide variety of intensity and seriousness. Botom line; I've learned different/other things on Wednesdays than I ever would have on Sunday afternoons. Both are great experiences. Good luck and enjoy the experience.
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Racing on Wednesdays and 'sailing' on the weekends can be two entirley different experiences. I learned to sail at camp and have loved it since. My neighbor and friend invited me to crew on Wednesdays about 12 years ago and I loved that also. I've been buying beer every week for the last 12 years, moved up from grinder to helmsman and we race with or without the owner. The nice part about 'beer can' racing (atleast in our area) is that there seems to be a wide variety of intensity and seriousness. Botom line; I've learned different/other things on Wednesdays than I ever would have on Sunday afternoons. Both are great experiences. Good luck and enjoy the experience.
True but it would still be a good experience just being on the boat and seeing how things operate. Plus he would get some time to ask questions.

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Too bad you live so far away. If you're buying the beer.... I'll let you drive the freaking thing!!!


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Excellent, I learned a lot crewing in my first year sailing.

Are you looking into any daysailing courses/ASA/US Sailing courses?
Have you been reading your head off on Sailing Fundamentals?

Racing is a great way to get out on the boat (for cheap nonetheless) but you'll get more out it and they'll get more out of you if you the terminology and basic theory down

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Newoldsalt,
I learned how to sailing racing on Nacra Cats. It was a blast and taught me a lot about reading the wind and sails. Everything happens at a much faster pace than on a mono hull. I moved from Nacras to a 25 foot mono and learned more about tactical and using the wind more effectively. (slower recovery from mistakes). Last boat I raced on was a 40 bene with a crew of nine. Big difference but great fun and team work.
The nice thing was how easy it was to take those skills with me to MY first boat. I only used it to cruise the Chesapeake, but what i had learned made handling alone much more comfortable.

Good choice and good luck to you.
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It's the only way to really learn in my opinion. You can spend years cruising, doing long reaches and enjoying cocktails, but...but...ummm, why am I racing?

Seriously, though, you'll learn a lot more if you're focused on how to make your boat go as fast as possible upwind and down against competitors and with experienced sailors.

If you want to race in New Orleans, let me know.

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Good for you! I feel like I learned more during my first time racing than I did during my basic keelboat lessons. Everything moves at such a fast pace.

Someone made a good point though...you'll earn credibility if you know what things are called...and more importantly, what NOT to call things (like ropes, for instance).

Pick up a beginner's sailing book and read up before you go.
Have fun & good luck!

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I checked into some ASA sailing courses and it's not cheap. I am. I did however order some dvd's off of ebay and have watched them several times. I have a basic idea of how a sailboat works and have learned quite a bit of the terminology.

I plan to head down to the Yacht Club this week and post something on their board and see if I get any calls.

Human ballast? 270lbs, I can do that. LOL

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