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Best way to learn how to sail...

... is to go sailing. I have allot to learn still.

Went sailing in the SF Bay last weekend. I can clearly see I need to develop an actual sail plan for the changing conditions on the Bay. I also should spend some time to understand the tides, currents and wind patterns.

We were out having some fun with an intended sail from Richmond to San Fran for an evening. Got caught in some unexpected wind (15-25 knots), developed a tear in the main sail, That coupled with to large of a jib, 6-8 foot swells at 8 seconds in a 2-4knot current made for some excitement in getting the boat back under control.

Spent the evening in docked at a guest slip near the city, had a pleasant dinner at an Italian Cafe on Chestnut street. Motored back to Richmond. All in all a good weekend with a lesson on bay sailing thrown in without asking.

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You can certainly learn by sailing often, practicing, reading books asking questions, but it is no substitute for the proper and structural lessons from sailing school. I would take a few ASA courses, it will save time and money in a long run.

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A good sailer does not mean that he or she is a good teacher. A capable captain does not mean he or she is a good leader. Just sayin'

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I hear you on the ASA courses... I took the ASA 101 before purchasing the boat. I will get some more miles under the keel before taking the 103, 105, 106, 107 and 108 courses.
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Hi, T.

I was taking the more conventional route to learn and was in the second weekend of OCSC's (Berkeley) Basic Cruising course that Saturday. The wind was well above 25 knots late that afternoon according to the readings at Berkeley. Glad you made it home safely. I'm sure that there are many good alternatives, but I do recommend OCSC.
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... is to go sailing. I have allot to learn still.

Went sailing in the SF Bay last weekend. I can clearly see I need to develop an actual sail plan for the changing conditions on the Bay. I also should spend some time to understand the tides, currents and wind patterns.

We were out having some fun with an intended sail from Richmond to San Fran for an evening. Got caught in some unexpected wind (15-25 knots), developed a tear in the main sail, That coupled with to large of a jib, 6-8 foot swells at 8 seconds in a 2-4knot current made for some excitement in getting the boat back under control.

Spent the evening in docked at a guest slip near the city, had a pleasant dinner at an Italian Cafe on Chestnut street. Motored back to Richmond. All in all a good weekend with a lesson on bay sailing thrown in without asking.

Ciao,

T
Was this on Saturday? Sunday was breezy too. I was sailing out from Sausalito and through Raccoon Strait and in the afternoon it got pretty breezy. there was a Hobie 16 race going on and lots of capsizes, Coast Guard was pretty busy.
Tricky thing with the bay is it can be decieving. You can go out in the morning and not even have enough wind to sail at all, then all the sudden about lunch time it can get crazy.
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You experienced fairly typical thermally induced winds - the bay is notorious for them.


Sounds like a great day !

A good place to start is Drew Harper's sailing school on Pier 40 - been doing it a while. Great teachers with serious knowledge.
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