Hey all, my name's Tod. Here's my story for those interested
Last March my uncle asked me if I wanted to go sailing with him on his catamaran. My response? "What's a catamaran?"
Up until that day I had never set foot on a sailboat. He owns a Prindle18, and we raced in a regatta from Singing River to Ocean Springs, MS. It was a 24 mile, one leg race, and it felt like a beam reach the entire way. 15kt winds with gusts to 20, we had a blast.
I took sailing lessons later in the year at Ocean Springs Yacht Club, and after I took them they asked me to help teach them. Apparently I picked it up quick. After the sailing lessons were done, they asked me to help take care of their boats.
In one summer I learned much more than I ever thought I could. I saved my wages and bought a San Juan 21, Mark II, 1975 from a friend of mine. I'm currently working on it, and I'll begin sailing it soon.
That's my story, what is yours?