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newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

HI everybody

Am very new to sailing. I have never been on a sailboat ever, What would be the best way to start?

I am planning to take asa101 lesson in 2 months time frame?

Any sailors from Seattle area?

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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

Oh wow nobody from Seattle here
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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

There are many great places to take classes in Seattle.

Wind Works at Shilshole teaches US Sailing. I've never taken classes with them, but I've chartered some of their boats and it is a nice operation. They teach on the Capri 22, which is a great day sailer. Right next door is Seattle Sailing which teaches ASA.

The Center for Wooden Boats has a great class called "Sail Now!" that is about as long as ASA 101, but which gets you more tiller time. The class is 2 students (instead of 4) and about 12 hours long. It is taught on engineless Blanchard Junior boats so the concentration is on sailing and not also learning how to operate the boat under power. The small boats encourage good sail trim and the 12 hour class covers a couple of more advanced things such as going hove-to and steering with the sails. Disclaimer: I'm a volunteer instructor there. I also learned how to sail there.

Once you've learned how to sail check out the Puget Sound Sailing Group on meetup for chances to go sailing with others. You can also charter boats from whichever operation you've learned how to sail from.
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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

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There are many great places to take classes in Seattle.

Wind Works at Shilshole teaches US Sailing. I've never taken classes with them, but I've chartered some of their boats and it is a nice operation. They teach on the Capri 22, which is a great day sailer. Right next door is Seattle Sailing which teaches ASA.

The Center for Wooden Boats has a great class called "Sail Now!" that is about as long as ASA 101, but which gets you more tiller time. The class is 2 students (instead of 4) and about 12 hours long. It is taught on engineless Blanchard Junior boats so the concentration is on sailing and not also learning how to operate the boat under power. The small boats encourage good sail trim and the 12 hour class covers a couple of more advanced things such as going hove-to and steering with the sails. Disclaimer: I'm a volunteer instructor there. I also learned how to sail there.

Once you've learned how to sail check out the Puget Sound Sailing Group on meetup for chances to go sailing with others. You can also charter boats from whichever operation you've learned how to sail from.
Hi Alex , thanks for the response. What is US sailing btw?
Also asa101 class has more advantage over other or vice-versa?
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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

Check out meetup dot com, there is a very active sailing group in Seattle that is always looking to take noobies out. (I am one myself). I was going to go that route, but ended up picking up a small boat (Aquarius 23) and now am teaching myself.
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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

US Sailing is the other well understood accredited program besides ASA. They are fairly interchangable from what I understand.

Learning at CWB doesn't get you the ability to charter from ASA or US Sailing associated companies, but my impression is that it gives you a better introduction to sailing. I have no personal experience with ASA or US Sailing, but in reading their curriculums it looks like you'll have more hands on time on the boat with the sails up in the CWB classes. A lot of people go on from taking the basic class as CWB to doing ASA or US Sailing classes later so that they can charter. I think of them as being complementary to each other.

If you volunteer at CWB you can also trade your volunteer hours for boat time.

Lake Union Charters also offers instruction for a reasonable price on a nice boat. He occasionally posts on Craigslist or you can find his website online.
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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.

Wander on down to the center for wooden boats today. It's a great spot. Cool boats too. Think you'll be a better sailor starting from the CWB, you'll also help support a great cause, wood boats!
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There are many great places to take classes in Seattle.

Wind Works at Shilshole teaches US Sailing. I've never taken classes with them, but I've chartered some of their boats and it is a nice operation. They teach on the Capri 22, which is a great day sailer. Right next door is Seattle Sailing which teaches ASA.

The Center for Wooden Boats has a great class called "Sail Now!" that is about as long as ASA 101, but which gets you more tiller time. The class is 2 students (instead of 4) and about 12 hours long. It is taught on engineless Blanchard Junior boats so the concentration is on sailing and not also learning how to operate the boat under power. The small boats encourage good sail trim and the 12 hour class covers a couple of more advanced things such as going hove-to and steering with the sails. Disclaimer: I'm a volunteer instructor there. I also learned how to sail there.

Once you've learned how to sail check out the Puget Sound Sailing Group on meetup for chances to go sailing with others. You can also charter boats from whichever operation you've learned how to sail from.
Joined the Puget sound sailing group and already did one sail. Learned many things and absolutely loved it. I got a chance to actually work as a crew doing tack, gybing and certain procedures while on dock.

I think I know I will love sailing.. can't wait to go on more sails .. and take the lessons ..

Thanks for the suggestions..

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