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DrifterJill 10-16-2009 06:12 AM

New member, new sailor UK!
Hello everyone

Just wanted to say hi from sunny Portsmouth, UK. Only recently learned to sail in February this year and am currently trying to get as much sailing experience under my belt as possible. I have approx 900 miles behind me and this is definitely turning out to be a compulsive hobby!

I'm booked to sail for a week in Portugal in December when I hope to do my RYA Day Skipper and up until that time am getting out on the water as much as I can. I love it! :D

I've recently been offered my friend's second boat, a Newbridge Navigator for 1000, all she needs is a good clean and repairs to the switch panel so am hoping to hone my skills on her. She is called 'Drifter', hence my user name.

Always glad of any advice and help so will probably be bombarding you all with lots and lots of questions from now on!

Happy Sailing :) Jill

bloodhunter 10-16-2009 09:12 AM

Welcome Aboard
Completely rewired my boat -- both AC and DC -- last year (among other projects).

There's a wealth of experience on this board and all willing to answer any questions you might ask :D :D

smackdaddy 10-16-2009 09:47 AM

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Hey drifter - welcome to SN. You'll like it here. It's almost as addicting as the sailing.

Stillraining 10-16-2009 09:51 AM

Welcome are off to a jack rabbit start ..Good on ya!

DrifterJill 10-18-2009 04:03 PM

Many thanks for the warm welcome. I cannot help noticing the predominance of USA sailors on here - are there many from the UK? Tis not a problem, I'm sure the love of sailing is the same the world over and it's good to dream of sailing even further afield as my experience grows!

smackdaddy 10-18-2009 06:54 PM

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DJ - there's really a very good international representation here. And I know a few very cool Brits have been through now and again. I'm not sure of the current retinue - so your job is to hit the pubs and conscript a few. We got yer back!

Johnthebowman 10-18-2009 07:47 PM

Hi DrifterJill,

I have only just joined this forum, like a few minutes ago! I think I'm supposed to start an introductory thread about myself which I will in a moment.

I'm from the UK two and my boat is based in Fareham creek in Portsmouth harbour.

My very first impression of the forum is, like yours, that there are a lot of American sailors on it. I'm looking forward to communicating with the American sailors on this forum it will be like a breath of fresh air :)

Faster 10-18-2009 09:07 PM

Plenty of Canadians too!! ;) and at least we spell things the same as you!:)

Welcome to Sailnet, Jill!

DrifterJill 10-22-2009 05:00 PM

Hello all and hello especially to John the Bowman who it appears lives only a few miles away from me (I'm in Gosport, John). :laugher

I think it's great to get to know the world wide sailing community - we all share the same passion after all!

Have just agreed to go on a three day sail across the Channel next week so looking forward to a new challenge and more miles in my log!

Seems there's no stopping me now! :D

CalebD 10-22-2009 08:13 PM

Welcome DrifterJill,

Yes, there are a lot of 'mericans here but a large member base ensures that there are fellow Brits, Scots and even some Irish. The Welsh will no doubt have their own website somewhere.

I saw a few Newbridge Navigators on the web which says it is a 'bilge keel' model. A friend of mine in old Blighty had a Westerly Centaur or such boat which had the same 'dual keel' or 'bilge keel' arrangement so that it could sit upright when the tide recedes its usual 15+ feet instead of on its ear. It would seem that you got a pretty good deal for 1000 pounds, UK, as several were listed for over 2K.
My friend took his Westerly to France, across the channel and they nicknamed their boat the 'Spewins' as they hit some rough sea state (waves). They had fun though and regretted selling her in the end. I guess it had some of the dreaded 'blistering' on the hull.

The only other sailing forum I know of that has a more 'International' feel is the one with the initials of CF or cruisersforum. On the other hand, sailnet can benefit from your presence so please stick around. You already met a fellow Portsmouth sailor right here.

Again, welcome.

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