Underwater Basket Weaver
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Hey from Toronto..
Long time reader, first time poster..
After years of neglect, I've found myself overcome with the urge to start sailing again.. I used to sail with my grandfather in France at La-Trinite-Sur-Mer where he had an Edel 3 on a slip.. I never got tired of it. To nurture my love of sailing, he'd enroll me every summer in the Glenans, where I started off on dinghies and moved up to Lasers, 420's, and some small keel boat I can't remember.. At the age of 13 I was pretty much single-handing his Edel 3 while he kicked back and had a couple of beers or trawled over the side for fish.. The good ol' days.. One of my fondest memories is from back then is when he talked Eric Tabarly into letting me crew for a day on Pen Duick. What a beautiful boat that was..
Anyways, all that to say I used to sail. A lot. And then we moved to Canada.. first Montreal, then Toronto.. and now at the tender age of 31, I've overcome my "salt-water-snobbism" of defining lake Ontario as a "bathtub compared to the Atlantic", and realized that sailing is sailing no matter what.. So that's the point I'm at now.. reading up, learning all the terms in English (hehe.. I know them in French, but when I first started reading this site I was looking up some terms constantly), and surprisingly enough actually still understanding, for the most part, what you guys are talking about in the technical sections.
So here I am.. no boat (booo!), but on a quest for an offshore cruiser in the 30-35ft range.. In the meantime, in the 6mo to 1year it'll take me to find that ideal watery money pit, I'll be attempting to re-adjust my life and career to accommodate as much of a life on the water as I can afford. I figure I might as well do this now, while I still have virtually no responsibilities and no dependents.
Finally, if anyone in Toronto needs help or an extra pair of hands to help fix, maintain or crew their boat, feel free to ask.. I've been out of the game a long time, and while I will be taking some refresher lessons before buying my boat, it'd be nice to get my feet wet both on a maintenance and crew level.
Ok, that was longer than expected.. for those of you who just skipped to the bottom.. the gist of it all is "hello!"