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I am dabbling with the idea of sailing someday. It is one of my dreams to sail accross an ocean...
It's clear that this guy is a long way off from an ocean passage. It will be many years before he is ready to sail across the ocean, and he may never work up to that point. But that's OK - sailing is about the journey, not the destination. If it were about the latter, there are other faster/cheaper/easier ways to get there.

I suggest that the OP get started with a sailing school, or find a friend who owns a boat, or if he wants to dive in head first buy a daysailor and start learning and enjoying in protected waters. Only then can he answer the other questions that he has asked. If he never gets to cross an ocean, he'll still have a lot of fun.


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I hope we did not scare him away. I have also lost two friends to sailing (one on Pride of Baltimore I- Pride of Baltimore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) and do not think anyone should consider it a 100% safe sport (although nothing is 100% safe).

Actually it is a very difficult sport if you are doing ocean passages. You need to be an athalete, mechanic, weatherman, sail tactichian, cook, medic, seamstress, electrician, plumber and probably a few other things I missed, but anyone can learn these things if they are willing- I know I still am.
Was that the incident that led to the "White Squall" film? That was nuts.

I'm sorry about your friend, case.


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Sailing is pretty safe

I read a government analysis some time ago. IIRC, according to the study sailing is about as dangerous as golf. It's one of the safest sports. The study didn't distinguish different kinds of sailing, but I'm sure that the more athletic and competitive sides account for the majority of the statistics.

Of course, statistics mean one thing when you read them, and another thing entirely when you're the topic!
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I think you just need to get to the bottom of this and call Sailing and ask...

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Was that the incident that led to the "White Squall" film? That was nuts.

I'm sorry about your friend, case.
No. The film was based on the sinking of another boat in the early 1960s.

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I read a government analysis some time ago. IIRC, according to the study sailing is about as dangerous as golf. It's one of the safest sports. The study didn't distinguish different kinds of sailing, but I'm sure that the more athletic and competitive sides account for the majority of the statistics.

Of course, statistics mean one thing when you read them, and another thing entirely when you're the topic!
Well, those golf clubs can do some damage. Just ask Tiger Woods and/or the former Mrs. Woods.

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I hope we did not scare him away. I have also lost two friends to sailing (one on Pride of Baltimore I- Pride of Baltimore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) and do not think anyone should consider it a 100% safe sport (although nothing is 100% safe).

Actually it is a very difficult sport if you are doing ocean passages. You need to be an athalete, mechanic, weatherman, sail tactichian, cook, medic, seamstress, electrician, plumber and probably a few other things I missed, but anyone can learn these things if they are willing- I know I still am.
That's interesting. I just had dinner in Baltimore on Sunday night, and walked over to the Pride of Baltimore memorial at the Inner Harbor. The mast is mounted there.

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That's interesting. I just had dinner in Baltimore on Sunday night, and walked over to the Pride of Baltimore memorial at the Inner Harbor. The mast is mounted there.
It doesn't sound like its an original.

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A permanent memorial to the original Pride of Baltimore has been erected in the Inner Harbor on Rash Field. The memorial consists of the characteristic raked mast of a Baltimore Clipper along with the names of those lost in the tragedy carved into pink granite.


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Hahaha..... This happens every time. OP has left the house.


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