Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Coast Ontario
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Re: New to Sailing
Get down to your local marina/yachtclub/boatyard and find out what the beercan racing schedule is. Then wiht this handy info in hand, on the next race day, stop at the store, grab a six pack and walk the docks, looking for a ride- somebody will be happy to have another warm body, even if just as rail meat. This is the quickest, cheapest way to find out what sailing is all about and get some practical hands-on experience while looking for a boat.
Keep your eyes and your ears open and you will learn more in 2 or 3 months of crewing than you would in 2 years of DIY learning on your own boat.
Yeah, you might have to take a ration of crap occasionally- remember, you are back to being a know-nothing wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn again. Hold your tongue, take the advice in the spirit in which it is intended- to help you improve your skill set.
It will also open the door for you to the local sailing world- you'll find out what boats are for sale, have been for sale forever, which boats to stay away from, what boats are coming on the market, and lots of other advice.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere:
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