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My name is Koos and I am based in Melbourne, Australia. I took up windsurfing at the age of 50, so now at the age of 57 I feel that I understand the wind. I have limited sailing experience both in dinghies and keel boats. Last year we chartered a bare boat in the Whitsundays that motivated me to consider the next step. I am now considering to purchase a keel boat. I have been looking at the J/88 and SeaScape 27 but as neither of these are in Australia, I have not sailed it yet. No doubt I shall ask some questions in the relevant forums, but perhaps my login name is some indication of my current preference.
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My name is Koos and I am based in Melbourne, Australia. I took up windsurfing at the age of 50, so now at the age of 57 I feel that I understand the wind. I have limited sailing experience both in dinghies and keel boats. Last year we chartered a bare boat in the Whitsundays that motivated me to consider the next step. I am now considering to purchase a keel boat. I have been looking at the J/88 and SeaScape 27 but as neither of these are in Australia, I have not sailed it yet. No doubt I shall ask some questions in the relevant forums, but perhaps my login name is some indication of my current preference.
I'm in Oz as well so not going to be of much assistance re non Oz boats but welcome to the forum nonetheless.

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Welcome to Sailnet, Koos

Exactly where in sunny Melbourne are you based?? There are quite a few good clubs around if you're looking to join. Although most people race, there is a small-ish cruising contingent on both Port Phillip and Westernport.

If you're keen on racing something like a J/88, may I suggest you look at the Adams 10? There is a very strong fleet on Port Phillip and they are lots of fun (and quicker than a J/88 anyway). AFAIK, the only thing faster in that 30' class is the Archambault 31.. but that requires a whole extra level of skill (and money).


....and since there isn't anywhere else to post this, here's the sunrise this morning as I motored around to the slip for annual haul-out. Enjoy!


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Thanks Andrew and to Classic30 for your comments. I have crewed at a few clubs in the bayside area and intend to join a club soon. I am sure that talking to boat owners would be beneficial in making a good decision about purchasing a boat. Of course there will be a variety of views and I am keen to hear these.
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Thanks Andrew and to Classic30 for your comments. I have crewed at a few clubs in the bayside area and intend to join a club soon. I am sure that talking to boat owners would be beneficial in making a good decision about purchasing a boat. Of course there will be a variety of views and I am keen to hear these.
Righto..

Assuming it's racing you like, you might also like to subscribe to the ORCV newsletter or put yourself on their crew register. They also run the Safety & Sea Survival Course (which you'd need if you plan to race outside the Bay, and is a good idea even if you don't) and run tours of The Rip, etc.:

Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - ocean sailing, ocean racing and training

In case you weren't aware, the last of the Twilight Races is next week and there's then a bit of a lull in most club's sailing events until the Winter Series starts up in late April/early May. (Our first Winter race is May 3).

Whatever you choose to do - have fun.

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C .... is that the soon to be HMAS Adelaide in the background ?

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Thanks for the suggestion Classic30. I attended a course at RMYC a year or so ago before I went bare-boating. More courses would be beneficial, but I do not have current plans to participate or crew on ocean racing. To me it is more about socialising and involving the family in what I do. My windsurfing is still very enjoyable; even addictive but perhaps too selfish. Hence the decision to participate in sailing.
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C .... is that the soon to be HMAS Adelaide in the background ?
'Tis indeed.

Ugly bloomin' thing... your taxpayer's dollars at work whilst they try to get it working.

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Thanks for the suggestion Classic30. I attended a course at RMYC a year or so ago before I went bare-boating. More courses would be beneficial, but I do not have current plans to participate or crew on ocean racing. To me it is more about socialising and involving the family in what I do. My windsurfing is still very enjoyable; even addictive but perhaps too selfish. Hence the decision to participate in sailing.
If there's family involved, I don't suppose you'd consider the Classics would you?

Classic Yacht Association of Australia | CYAA

Possibly too slow..

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I really wants to visit there...!!
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