I've been lurking for a while and decided it was time to get a little more active. I grew up spending a good part of my summers in Crownsville, MD, just north of Annapolis, and was fortunate enough to have an Uncle who lived on the Severn river with a 34' Pearson. I've been a "first mate" since I could walk, but for what we did, all that meant was hooking the dock lines at the end of the day and grabbing beer from the cooler below (that and a lot of sanding and varnishing
). So I pretty much was on the water as crew every summer for about 20 years or so until Isabelle sunk the family boat.
For the better part of the last decade, I was focused on career and family and such, so I didn't make it out on a boat at all, unfortunately. But now at age 36, those areas are under control and I wanted to get back on the water. Last year I took the ASA 101 class offered at the Annapolis Sailing School and fell back in love with sailing. So I got my hands on an old Sunfish and I am able to store it at my Uncle's place. I also "inherited" an old 16' catamaran that I am starting to fix up. I just bought a new trampoline for it and I hope to have it finished in time to get some use out of it this season.
I live in Arlington, VA but have been driving to my Uncle's house every Sunday (it's only 45 minutes) to sail the Sunfish and work on the cat.
My short term goals are to get completely comfortable with the dinghy and the catamaran, my mid term goals are to add some racing to the mix (I hear that the best way to do that is to list yourself in spinsheet, but if anyone has any better ideas, I'd love to hear them) and my long term goal of course is to buy a Hans Christian and sail it around the world. Gotta wait until the kids are outta the house for that one, though.
So there it is. Sorry about the novel! I look forward to learning more from you guys and contributing when I can. This forum has been a great resource for me already and I'm grateful to those who take the time to share their knowledge and experience.