New and Eager Sailor
I'm pretty excited about finding this community, since I'm fairly new to sailing but am already hooked.
I stepped aboard a sailboat for the first time last year, when a new friend bought and moved onto a sailboat docked on Lake Ontario. As soon as I set foot onboard, I was in love, already imagining how it would feel to sleep there some night.
I got my wish about a week later, after a late night of a few too many beers and glasses of scotch: I nestled down on a narrow bench with a sleeping bag and slept better than I've slept in years before and since.
Walking home the next morning, everything in my perspective had changed. I was happier than I'd been in years, despite the chill in the air; I knew I had to own a sailboat, to live full-time on it, to learn everything I could about sailing.
I started looking for a boat pretty immediately. Although I didn't find one that suited me, I did manage to hook up with a skipper looking for crew to race once a week; I was so enthusiastic that he chose me - and two guys with more experience. I was there religiously, every Tuesday night; it was a dream, stepping onto the boat, learning to handle the lines. I put everything I could into my job on the main and traveller; I was busy more consistently than the guys and loved finding myself somewhat worn at the end of the evening.
I was amazed at my growing strength, felt blissful as we sailed back-and-forth across the bay, was thrilled as we moved every week up in the placement - from last place to first!
We were an amazing team: we worked so well together, respected each other so much, knew each others' moves as if we'd sailed together for years. The community, the teamwork was beautiful, so much of what I'd always wanted in a community of friends.
In the time since, so much of my life has been directed towards and around sailing: I've shed most of my belongings so I'll easily be able to move onto a boat at the first chance; I've looked online for sailing opportunities and am lucky enough to have met the perfect sailing companion since moving to Georgia.
I'm now looking to get more experience sailing on open water, and am looking for opportunities to sail on the ocean. With my experience in administrative support and in the hospitality industry, I hope to find work on a charter boat where I can learn more, or in an administrative support role at a marina. And I just want to be around more sailors, to make new friends so, once I'm traveling, I'll have connections wherever I go.
Feel free to chat or share with me whatever you wish, regarding sailing and cruising; I'll drink it all in happily.
Looking forward to getting to know you all,