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Old 05-31-2009
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Hello from Lil' Old England!

Hi everyone!

Well, first of all can I comment that I'm particularly impressed by this forum recognising England as a country! Instead of "UK" or the worst one of all "Britain"...

Now onto me and why I'm on here.

Throughout my (admittedly) short life, I've always been into sports. Rugby, rock climbing, skiing, sailing, kayaking, skydiving and onwards and upwards.

Yachting and sailing have always been something that I was interested in, but never really had the chance to try.

So, at the age of 12, me and some friends went to the beach, just for giggles, and rented out a small dinghy, we were hooked!

From then on we initially bought a terrible dinghy, called a Bosun, I believe built by bossoms boatyard, for £150. We carried on teaching ourselves all the way through, until eventually, when we were 16, we had a crew of three, racing most weekends, in a Laser Stratos.

Now, however, I want to move onwards and upwards, and am looking more and more at yachting. Something I don't have a clue about, only stepping on one when I must of been about 6. And I personally don't think I'd be able to go out and buy one and teach myself, as I did with the dinghys.

Currently I believe I'm in the perfect position to learn, being "unemployed" so to speak, but still getting income (its a long story, don't ask).

So I'm on here to listen to experiences, and try and get a basic grasp of some simple tasks (well, grasp in my head if I make sense) and just understand what I'm getting myself in for, before I go and book a course!

Well, that was a long intro, and mostly waffle. Sorry guys.

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Welcome Ash from England!
Yachting is a lot like dinghy sailing but a lot more expensive as everything gets bigger and more complex.
The cheapest way to get on the water is on other peoples boats so if you can locate a boat club that has 'yacht races' you might be able to volunteer as crew for some lucky chap. You might also try dinghy racing for that matter.
Nice first post and ramble.
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Cheers Ash. And welcome to SN dude. I'm with you on most of your sports list - so you're on the right road for more fun and adventure.

BTW, I want your "job".
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
BTW, I want your "job".
Ahh you don't. I joined RM when I left school at 16. Thats why I stopped dinghy racing. However, last year I had a rock climbing accident. Broken back, broken pelvis etc etc. I'm back up to standard, physically speaking, but because of beaurocracy I can't go back to active duty for another 3 years.

So I'm sat at home bored most days. But, they have to pay me for the next four years due to the contract we signed on entering.

So, sat at home bored is not something I do well!
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