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ElaS 07-14-2010 07:08 PM

New newbie here. Hi!
Ahoy sailors!

I believe was born with a love of sea in my soul. I got really solid sailing start when as a teen in my native Poland. I got a license for unlimited skipper in inland waters and skippered a boat with 2 younger teens on a two week cruise through the lakes systems there (Mazury). As I remember myself then, I haven't been like that for the rest of my life. I was responsible for these 2 kids, and I had confidence, because of that. There was no one else there in the moment. When the weather turned suddenly, we rode our fear hiking out precariously, hanging on to sheets, and singing raunchy song on top of our lungs. I did not panic, nor look to someone else. I had a voice that reached the ears it needed, because it needed no matter how noisy the boat and the wind was. But after that I had other things I had to do, no money for vacations and such frivolities. When I came to US I did some sailing on lakes in a little trailer boat I got, sure, but that was never "it". Oh, how many times I felt I will DIE if I don't get out and sail away, but each time I convinced myself I can't. No money, no experience, no whatever. But really no faith.

I don't believe it is beyond my reach anymore. I am older now, which has its minuses (a bit crunchy in the joints) and pluses (do have some money now and already been planning to retire early). Yes I still have pitifully little sailing experience, but I also have a lot of other experience. I think, how many people started sailing in their 50, how many are still sailing in their 70s (please say "many")

I have already read a ton of wonderful advice on these forums to beginners like me. An encouraging advice. How to make it, not why we can't because we haven't been sailing last 30 years. So thank you everyone.
p.s. I am cramming in all the A.S.A courses and collecting all the stamps and such I can, so yeah, I finally got the egg (from the chicken-and-egg trap I created for myself) rolling. By en*rolling* :laugher

WanderingStar 07-15-2010 08:54 AM

Welcome aboard. I love the sea too, and don't feel well if I am too long away from my boat. You are never too old to make your dreams happen. My dad bought an old boat and fixed it up at 70. He gave it up last year at 76 because of health problems. I think there has been at least one circumnavigator over 70. Only you can make your dream real. Keep at it.

ElaS 07-16-2010 06:06 PM

Thank you for support. I am not so much looking for ambitious undertakings as a lifestyle. I don't have to circumnavigate, though not saying that I will never want to. For now want to sail around exploring little islands in the Carribeans and head south to Trinidad before the hurricane season. I understand there is a whole flock of such sailors, and I would hope to hook up with them.

Even better would be if I could partner up with an experienced person or a couple, not for a time-share, but to sail together for a while. Maybe someone who wants to do it for a season or two.

sailorthom 07-16-2010 09:12 PM

Go for it!
I don't know why people tend to over complicate everything now -a-days. Sailing is not all that difficult. Now sailing the American cup is one thing, but getting from point A to point B a person of average intelligence with reasonable motor skills is more than capable. I have sailed the islands, the Chesapeake Bay, New Jersey coast, Florida Intercoastal all without any certificates or fancy schooling. My equipment was not the "trick of the week" Just basic and able. My boats were sound and relatively inexpensive, No yacht clubs, no racing fraternity, just the enjoyment of sailing. I have friends in their 70's and 80's that are very capable sailors and sail often. I know they could teach a few younger skippers a thing or two. So just get out there in a reasonable boat and do it. I will say that I have been in some scary situations due to the increasing amount of crime in the islands, and I am glad I did not have to face it alone. Find a nice marina with people much like yourself regarding interest and income, make friends and cruise. There is nothing better. Thom

ElaS 07-16-2010 09:52 PM

Yes, perhaps I do overcomplicate things. How you describe it, is how I would prefer it to be. Thanks.

Well, crime is worrisome, on the other hand my sleepy peaceful town, now has gang violence, someone got robbed in broad daylight at a bus stop at knife point, someone else was stabbed on a street, and some crazy woman killed her elderly employer.

sailorthom 07-17-2010 05:27 PM

Living aboard in a small working marina in Florida was perhaps the best years of my life. There was always activity during the day, plus the watchful eye of the dockmaster made it crime free. At night we were locked in with a security fence and the watchman ushered us through. It was in the best sense of the word a community. Something that is hard to find these days. As to your original question, I have given it some thought. Learn the rules of the road(rightaway, markers, lights etc.)Always know how much water is under your boat. Know your vessel and maintain it. Get a good GPS. and learn how to "read the weather" and with some common sense you will be fine. You say you already know how to sail, so if you can afford it, go for it. Let me know when you get to the east coast, Thom

smackdaddy 07-17-2010 05:46 PM

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Now that's some great advice. Cheers thorn.

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