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Hi everyone, my name is Ryan and Iím a total newbie to sailing. Iím 29 and have been traveling/working around the world for the last 6 years, and have always had a deep desire to learn how to sail and travel the world on the sea (possibilities seem endless). I grew up in a small coastal town in Oregon, and have always loved the water. Spent time fishing and crabbing off the coast, but never learned to sail. I have never had any issues with seasickness. Iím a PADI divemaster. Iíve been living in New Zealand for the past 5 months, and have decided to get serious about trying to make the dream happen. Iíve been reading as much as I can on forums and googling all kinds of stuff trying to get an idea about how to go about it. Iím currently in Christchurch doing some remodelling/construction work, but am ready to head north away from the winter. The different ideas in my head are: trying to get on a boat leaving the north island of New Zealand for Tonga/Fiji/Vanuatu? Getting a flight up to one of those countries and trying there? Or heading to Australia and trying my luck somewhere there? Any advice would be awesome and much appreciated. Iím in good shape, a hard worker and fast learner, with an easy going positive attitude. I can fly to anywhere and have no time schedule. Also, I am able to contribute to shared costs. Thanks again for any advice or ideas
Cheers, Ryan
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Hi, welcome to the forum. Best luck on your quest. I am sure you will fulfil your dream. If you're approaching southern winter wasn't an issue for you ... don't forget, you've got some very good sailing and schools in your part of the world !
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