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This is my first post to this board. So I would like to say hello to everyone out there. I have been lurking on here for a couple of weeks.

I live in Canada and have just completed my CYA courses, white sail I through to white sail III. I have been learning on a CL-14. Upon completion of my course the Yacht club gave me a membership to the club for the season and the use of the CL-14ís for the rest of the season as well.

I have been totally taken up with sailing. I absolutely love it and want to be on the water 24-7. My problem is this; I am becoming increasingly frustrated over finding people to go sailing with. I literally would like to be out on the water everyday, however finding people to do this with is extremely difficult. I have been told by my instructors that I could solo the CL-14 but to be honest with you I am nervous about doing this as I have been sailing since June and donít feel like I have the experience to do this.

I have been giving some serious thought to buying a Laser I. Do you guys think I could handle one with only 2 months of sailing experience?

Also I live in the London Ontario area and if anyone is reading this who lives in that area and would like crew for their boat please let me know.

Thank you.
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Check around the yacht clubs on Lake Erie, you'll probably find some crewing opportunities there.
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Ease up, you don't want to burn out before your first cruiser.
I'm out of Chicao and I have the same problem.
I can never find anyone to go sailing. If you would have asked me to get on someone else's boat I would have carried them to the dock.
I would say start out with just the head sail, and hit it. It really sounds like you know what youre doing. It's just the nerves of what can go wrong ( and there is a lot that can). I bet you'll be sigle handling before you read this.
Radio & Signal flares. & Tell loved ones where youre going.
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Go it alone. Buy the laser. When you're on a boat alone you'll pay attention to the wind and the sails in a way you didn't before. Laser's are easy to sail and very very fun. THe best way to build your skills and your confidence is to get out there. If you take your basic safety gear then the worst that will probably happen will be your pride getting hurt if you do something stupid. But that's how you learn. You can always flag someone down for help. People on the water tend to look out for each other. My grandfather put me in his laser when I was five. I just figured it out myself. I'm sure you can handle it. Good luck and don't be affraid.
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Lasers are great boats to learn to sail on, especially if you don't mind getting wet... the smaller dinghies like the Laser are very sensitive to weight shifts and sail trim, so you'll learn quite a bit about both of those, that would take you a good deal longer on a larger boat.

Also, try to find a yatch club or marina that will let you store the boat with them, so you can get the boat rigged more easily, and don't have to use a trailer to constantly trailer the boat around.
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Get some single hand sail time in on a small lake. Just fooling around and having fun on the water is the best way to learn the basics.
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I was the same way, anxious about going solo. So one morning I just did it. Sailed with main only and it was great. Make sure you go out on a light day both wind and boating traffic. Trust your training and you will do fine.
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So I guess you could sail the CL-14 without the jib?

I never thought of it. You can cleat the jib. Which would be better not sailing with a jib or cleating the jib?
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Sail with just the main that way you can concentrate on that and not worry about the jib. Maybe after sailing with the main for an hour you could try the jib. It's just a matter of getting that comfort level of sailing solo and then add the jib. You may find that sailing with just main sail does just fine and add the jib when you have sailing partner.
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