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Old 12-27-2010
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My first day of sailing!

Wow!! Now I totally understand what the attraction and addiction to sailing really is. I have been a powerboat enthusiast for many years. I wanted to learn to sail a little over 10 years ago but the plans never went through. Today was the first day that was ever even on a sailboat let alone sailing one!! I attach my dreams and today was not exception. I chose a shallow lake with a large surface area so that any accidents would not be in small water versus the lartger Gulf! I learned a lot in my first 5 hours of my sailing career. First of all I learned how to properly rig my boat solo with efficiency. I learned how to accelerate and how to slow down. I did become a bit frustrated as I could not remember what I had read about sailing up wind. I made very little progress then it struck me that I needed to tack. I am sure that some will say that I took too much of a risk getting on the water alone for the first time without any formal training, but that is just who I am. I am dry and safe on my couch as I type this and I am itching to get back out there to do it again. Today was cold, but not a cloud in the sky. I was also the only boat other than a bass boat on the water all day!! It was so amazing!!





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Oh yeah,,,She is a Helsen 22 and I named her "Y Knot?!"

She was very stable and forgiving for a brand new sailor!
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First Sail

Welcome over from the "dark side." Just kidding. Sailing is a love of learning.
Plus, you can never learn it all.
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Thumbs up! Great job...
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Now you know why some of us hang around a place like this!
Nice job for your first time out.
Your Helsen 22' has a center board or drop keel if I am not mistaken. Keep the center board down when going upwind and tacking. The board can be raised when going down wind.
Which lake are you on? Parker? Hancock?
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Good job!
If you have power boat experience, then it's safe to say that for the most part you already know how to prevent a crash.

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And there's a lot of videos on youtube about sailing.
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Allright get someeee

Grats on your new sailboat !
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SN'ers may disagree on many things, but have one thing in common - exactly what you are talking about.

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Thanks so much for all the kind words!!! I am so excited that I cannot wait to get out there again!!

CalebD- I have certainly realized why people hang around a place like this!!

It has a swing keel. The cool thing about it is that the guy I bought it from fabricated a 12V winching system for the keel so I can raise and lower it with the push of a button. This was on Lake Parker which is only 10 minutes from home. Thanks for the advice about the keel. I had the keel down the whole time. What are the benefits of raising it when going downwind? I am a newbie so send as much knowledge as you got!!

Sublime- I have years and years and years of power boating experience. I now feel as though I have been a bit lazy about boating and yesterday made me realize that you miss out on so much while zipping across the water in a power boat. I heard the birds, the water splashing, and the keel humming which on a powerboat all gets drowned out!!

Here is a short video that I posted on my Facebook page of me sailing. Feel free to friend request me as well and look over my profile. You will see that I have lived a very interesting life especially if you watch a few of my videos!!

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