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I drive ship's for a living, but I want to learn to sail!

Hello everybody,
My name is Dylan and I am a Surface Warfare Officer in US Navy. As a SWO, I have spent a lot of time on the bridge of large ships, so I am familiar with standing a watch and being underway for months at a time, as well as general shipboard knowledge. With sailing however, I have little to no experience. I live in the Virginia Beach area and I am very interested in learning to sail a larger 25' + sailboat. If anyone in the area needs an extra deck hand for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday trip, I would love to gain some experience! Let me know.
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Re: I drive ship's for a living, but I want to learn to sail!

Quantico used to have (probably still does) a recreational sailing program for staff. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a similar program closer to Norfolk.
I hope someone takes you on as crew. I'm a bit far away in NYC.
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Re: I drive ship's for a living, but I want to learn to sail!

Thanks! I'll look into that. I looked into some sailing lessons on the base in Norfolk and they do some at the marina, however they are a little expensive and when you're done, your training doesn't amount to much more than allowing you to rent the boats they have there. I would like to be able to race eventually when I buy my own boat.
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If you find yourself in Washington for a weekend, I'll take you sailing, fellow SWO! Give me a PM to let me know you're coming.

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Try Meetup.com. There is a sailing group in Deltaville and maybe one in Hampton/Norfolk.
Link here for Dville group.
http://www.meetup.com/Richmond-Delta...ailing-Meetup/
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