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Learning in New Orleans

Greetings All,

I grew up in land-locked and largely waterless Utah, but since moving to NOLA I have definitely been bitten by the sailing bug. Most of my (meager) sailing experience has been on small cats (14' -18'), but I am hoping to learn to sail larger craft with an eye towards buying my own bluewater boat.

If anyone in the New Orleans area has tips or suggestions on how I might get started, I would really appreciate it.

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Okay. Full disclosure here, I teach in the class I'm about to tell you about.

Google or call Murray Yacht Sales, Inc. They have a series of classes on Beneteau First 7.5s, and you can call and sign up. They start with basic keelboat sailing, and go up from there. Not very expensive, look at the web site.

The Southern Yacht Club also runs some adult ed. sailing classes. The summer session's already underway, but there's a fall class, i think, in Sept. Call them for details.

I've taught in both, they're both good. It's a good lake to learn to sail on (even though it drowned us) and you won't regret it. Eventually you can find a ride crewing for boatowners in races.

Best of luck. This is a good town to learn sailing in..
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If you take the class, let us know how NOLATOM is as an instructor...and get a good photo of him, so that Giu can have something to work with.

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HA!!!! And be brutally honest, too... ;-)
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