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I run a sailing school in California, so my opinion is biased, but taking formal lessons, at least at the beginning, will make your joy from the sport skyrocket. There are several schools in the Midwest, several in Chicago. Chicago Sailing Club does a good job of teaching in small keelboats, 22-25 feet.

As for winter reading, purchase the US SAILING text book called Basic Keelboat from Amazon, or directly from US SAILING US SAILING - National Governing Body of Sailing in the U.S. It is all you need to know to day sail on a lake in a boat under 30 feet.

If you are planning to sail in a dinghy, (8-18') then the US SAILING text "Learn Sailing Right" is probably a better choice as it is focused on smaller boats.

also consider going to US Sailing - Online Sailing Course and Lessons which has some useful interactive training online. Nowhere near as sophisticated as SL, but helpful, nonetheless. And, I'd like to hear more about how you chose the sailing/pirates family in SL. We have been wondering how to enhance our students' and members' experience of sailing through the SL world, but are ignorant of it.

Good luck!
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Along with what Jepsen has said, I recommed these guys out of DuSable Harbor. Captain Jim is a good egg, tell him Tim said "Hi".

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Pyrat,

I run a sailing school in California, so my opinion is biased, but taking formal lessons, at least at the beginning, will make your joy from the sport skyrocket. There are several schools in the Midwest, several in Chicago. Chicago Sailing Club does a good job of teaching in small keelboats, 22-25 feet.

As for winter reading, purchase the US SAILING text book called Basic Keelboat from Amazon, or directly from US SAILING US SAILING - National Governing Body of Sailing in the U.S. It is all you need to know to day sail on a lake in a boat under 30 feet.

If you are planning to sail in a dinghy, (8-18') then the US SAILING text "Learn Sailing Right" is probably a better choice as it is focused on smaller boats.

also consider going to US Sailing - Online Sailing Course and Lessons which has some useful interactive training online. Nowhere near as sophisticated as SL, but helpful, nonetheless. And, I'd like to hear more about how you chose the sailing/pirates family in SL. We have been wondering how to enhance our students' and members' experience of sailing through the SL world, but are ignorant of it.

Good luck!

Thanks for all the info.
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Along with what Jepsen has said, I recommed these guys out of DuSable Harbor. Captain Jim is a good egg, tell him Tim said "Hi".

Welcome to 3rd Coast Cruising

I will like into it, thanks.
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Pyrat,

I run a sailing school in California, so my opinion is biased, but taking formal lessons, at least at the beginning, will make your joy from the sport skyrocket. There are several schools in the Midwest, several in Chicago. Chicago Sailing Club does a good job of teaching in small keelboats, 22-25 feet.

As for winter reading, purchase the US SAILING text book called Basic Keelboat from Amazon, or directly from US SAILING US SAILING - National Governing Body of Sailing in the U.S. It is all you need to know to day sail on a lake in a boat under 30 feet.

If you are planning to sail in a dinghy, (8-18') then the US SAILING text "Learn Sailing Right" is probably a better choice as it is focused on smaller boats.

also consider going to US Sailing - Online Sailing Course and Lessons which has some useful interactive training online. Nowhere near as sophisticated as SL, but helpful, nonetheless. And, I'd like to hear more about how you chose the sailing/pirates family in SL. We have been wondering how to enhance our students' and members' experience of sailing through the SL world, but are ignorant of it.

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Again thanks. I just bought both those books off of ebay. Can't wait to read them.
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