Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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Welcome to the board and the sport.
There is a lot of ways to get involved in the sport.
The coast guard class might be a good idea down the road for safety training, I doubt they will teach you to sail though. The Power Squadron is similar and also has some educational courses.
The ASA courses are good, from what I can tell. I took something like one a long time ago to get a coastal cruiser rating for a club I belonged to. It is a little like force feeding though. In 3 days I went from a summer of hobbie cats and a few hours of keel boat to a coastal cruising certificate. Try looking for a lesson program that goes on for weeks so you can maybe see a variety of winds and build your experience over the summer.
You can learn most of what you need to know from reading, books available from your library. It does help to have some basic knowledge to start. I know there is some sailing and racing on the lakes around Dallas. See if there are any classes offered at a college, junior college or community program. Maybe some yacht clubs will have some classes also.
I just joined the yacht club in Salt Lake City for $145 and have access to a number of dingy sailboats simply for the cost of membership. Most yacht clubs are not that inexpensive though.
Have fun getting on the water.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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