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Learn to sail this winter: Where to go?

Hi everyone! I am determined to learn how to sail this winter. I have the benefit of working as a telecommuter and want to take advantage of that opportunity by learning a new life skill, and sailing is on the top of my list! I have sailed several times with friends (in the Midwest) and already have a passion for it. I have viewed the ASA schools, but thought I would ask for feedback from you fine folks here for winter/off-season location recommendations, as well as alternatives to ASA classes. I do not have a boat, and would like to find a mentor, if at all possible. I'm open to re-locating anywhere in the lower 48, from Nov - Apr. Any thoughts?
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Re: Learn to sail this winter: Where to go?

Years ago, I liked J-world schools. I see they're still around.
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You can probably take ASA classes and rent boats anywhere in Southern Ca and Florida.
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Re: Learn to sail this winter: Where to go?

With the exception of schools in Florida and So. Cal, I think you'll find that most sailing schools in the U.S. hold their winter classes out of the Caribbean.

If you aren't committed to a winter timeline, I would suggest finding a good ASA program in the waters you are likely to be sailing in come spring, and practice all season long. (I know Florida winters are supposed to be warm, but every time I'm down there, it's even colder than DC.)
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(I know Florida winters are supposed to be warm, but every time I'm down there, it's even colder than DC.)
That's because there's so much 'hot air' in DC.
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That's because there's so much 'hot air' in DC.
That might explain the DC/Florida differential but I once traveled to Iceland and Florida back to back in February -- and Iceland was warmer than Florida.
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Re: Learn to sail this winter: Where to go?

You could buy a fairly decent 27-30ft boat here on the southern chesapeake, live aboard and sail all winter long. No better way to learn to sail than just go sailing. take an experience sailer out with you once or twice to show you the basics, which it sounds like you may already know...and the rest just takes experience. There will be times when its too cold, and weather isnt the greatest, but I was able to get out ALL winter last year, almost weekly through Feb. Plenty of work in Hampton Roads area as well.

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Re: Learn to sail this winter: Where to go?

Thanks for the feedback! Anyone know if Shasta Lake near Redding CA is a good sailing lake, and if so, for the winter months? I'm told you can sail up in the PNW all winter, but it seems like it would be pretty risky with the weather, no??
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Re: Learn to sail this winter: Where to go?

whats ASA?
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That might explain the DC/Florida differential but I once traveled to Iceland and Florida back to back in February -- and Iceland was warmer than Florida.
Yes. Iceland is the "new" Florida. I hear you can grow Frozen Mango Margaritas there.
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