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GoBlue 04-15-2012 10:16 PM

New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Hello, all,

About a year ago, our family relocated from Michigan to Columbia, MD. Prior to Michigan, we were landlocked in Nashville, TN for several years. We've just discovered the beauty of the Annapolis area and the Chesapeake.

Within the last couple of weeks, my wife and I spent a day sailing with a captain as part of an "Intro to Sailing" adventure. Obviously designed to whet our appetites for further adventures, it worked. We had a wonderful time and are trying to figure out the next steps to take.

This looks like a fantastic forum full of great information. I look forward to browsing & searching, and hopefully "meeting" some of you!

We're a family of 4....we have 5- and 6-yr-old girls.....and we have always loved anything to do with the water....or heck, nature in general. The idea of taking a "camping" vacation on a sailboat someday sounds like a ton of fun to all of us....once properly trained, of course!


T37Chef 04-15-2012 11:01 PM

Welcome to SailNet and Maryland

paperbird 04-17-2012 12:09 PM

Re: New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Welcome, indeed. Sailing is a fantastic family activity. Our kids grew up sailing in the Annapolis area. What a great way to foster independence while building family memories!

Silvio 04-17-2012 12:54 PM

Re: New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Welcome aboard Sailnet and welcome to sailing in general. You sound enthusiastic and motivated. Family camping trips are a great way to spend weekends aboard a boat.

Dont't be shy about asking questions around here. Lots of local folks to you with tons of experience and knowledge.

CalebD 04-17-2012 02:06 PM

Re: New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Well now you've done it! You moved to a prime sailing area so now you are going to go sailing.
I'd recommend that you and your wife take a basic keel boat course. You can take the course separately or together; for some couples taking the course separately may be better.
If you don't know someone with a sailboat there are several places on the Chessy where you can charter a sailboat. There is an outfit on the South River that is cheaper then the places in Annapolis or Rock Hall.
If you really like unspoiled natural settings then you will love the eastern shore. On my last visit to the Choptank River we saw Bald Eagles and rays. La Trappe creek made a wonderful overnight anchorage.

Welcome to sailnut.

sailor1950 04-17-2012 09:21 PM

Re: New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Welcome, My wife and I moved up to a 31' boat last year and have a slip at Kent Narrows. We go to all the sailboat shows in annapolis. See you there.

GoBlue 04-18-2012 05:52 PM

Re: New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Thank you all for the welcome and recommendations!

I've posted to the Learning to Sail forum here re: some questions I have about instruction in the general area, so if any of you have recs, I'd love to hear them!


Richard61 04-19-2012 04:33 PM

Re: New to sailing, new to Chesapeake
Have Fun while the family is young. The art of sailing teaches everyone that the effort you put in to it is returned by proformance. Unlike traveling by car where you just push the pedal and go. When you sail you slow down and enjoy the world. Good Luck. Richard

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