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Re: Certified Class v. Learning by Doing
No two people learn the same way. You should know yourself.
I learned by reading, then doing, then reading, then doing. I'm sure a class might have helped a little, but I am comfortable figuring things out by reading, thinking, and then doing. I don't want someone to tell me how to do it without my understand why, and why takes time to understand.
Not a little reading. A LOT of reading. IMHO, until you've spent the effort reading a lot, why expect someone to teach you? Why expect to get much real learning from a class, without the foundation? Always do the reading and consideration first. But others will feel differently. Additionally, many people just want to learn to do the thing, with caring why it works. Many fine racers don't really understand why it works, but they have a robust set of rules of thumb. Weird to me, but it works for them.
I would aways vote for reading plus beach cat or 2-man dinghy. It's more fun, and a dinghy will teach lessons a keel boat never will.
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