Sailing School versus Captain
<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro 184.108.40.206 --><P>Our family, who has virtually no sailing experience, is contemplating a sailing sabbatical in the Caribbean. Would you recommend a sailing school or hiring a captain that would serve as an instructor? <BR></P><P>Debra Freyer </P><B><P><BR>Mark Matthews responds:</P></B><P>Sailing, and cruising especially, is heavily dependent on the power of the will. Can lack of experience be overcome? Sure. Everyone has to start somewherewhether it's through a sailing school or elsewhere. I'd recommend you get as much experience as you can before you set off over the horizon. A sailing school ensures certain skill standards and that everyone is at the same level. Although cost could be a factor, consider the expenditure involved in crashing a sailboat into someone else's boat. Sailing with a captain could be instructional, but what if something happens to the captain if he or she isn't a good teacher, or you don't get along? There is no shortage of variables to consider.</P><P><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=8></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=center><A href="http://www.sailnet.com/store/item.cfm?pid=2068"><IMG height=75 src="http://www.sailnet.com/images/content/authors/matthews/092300_admm_book.gif" width=320 border=0></A></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><P></P></HTML>
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