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Britbiker 05-28-2008 12:00 PM

New from Bama
The wife and I just started sailing. Its been a lifelong dream for both of us. We just finished classes and joined a sailing club. Currently crewing beercan races until we figure out which boat would suit us best. We feel like a one design race boat such as (flying scot, snipe, buccaneer, etc.) would help us learn to be better sailors. Our long term goal is to be coastal sailors and part time liveaboards. Any advice would be great. Been lurking here for awhile and have learned alot already. Thanks

teshannon 05-28-2008 12:07 PM

Welcome to Sailnet and best of luck with your plans.

LittleMissMagic 05-28-2008 03:32 PM

Welcome aboard! Are you located in Alabama? I'm a Bama sailor myself.

Britbiker 05-28-2008 03:39 PM

Thanks for the welcome, we live just outside Bham. We sail on Logan Martin lake.

lowtide 05-28-2008 03:59 PM

There is also a large sailing community to your north on Lake Guntersville. About half of the members of our club are from the Birmingham area. My slip neighbor raced on Logan-Martin for years. One advantage of G'ville is a very stable water level.

Another is excellent cruising grounds.

Happy sailing!

Britbiker 05-28-2008 04:02 PM

Thanks lowtide, we have talked about visiting there.

lowtide 05-28-2008 04:43 PM

Our boat is at Brown's Creek Sailing Marina, if you visit pm me and I'd be happy to show you around and maybe go for a sail.

The marina has a website with lots of info on the lake, clubs, etc..

djodenda 05-28-2008 04:50 PM


Any of those boats would work out well. If you're interested in racing, you might select one that has an active fleet. You are correct that this is a good way to get into sailing (one of the least expensive). You can learn a lot on a boat of that size.


Britbiker 05-28-2008 07:27 PM

Thanks for the replies. Lowtide, We might very well take you up on your offer. I will P.M. you about that. Djodenda, thanks for the encouragement on our decision, we feel that would help us become better sailors and racing is a blast. The club we are involved with has a fleet for all of the boats I have mentioned.

lowtide 05-28-2008 07:46 PM

i think you have to have 10 posts to get pm privileges here. you can always post back to this thread. I know there is a joint pursuit race on sunday with another club, but I dont know if i am racing yet.

Like many clubs, on race day or night if the wind is blowing it is no trouble to find a crew spot.

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