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I have been lurking here for about 3 months. I finally took my ASA 101 class last week. (My instructor will be fine after some therapy and prozac). All I can say for the lurkers that read the posts but never take the plunge is to just do it. I had a blast and I am totaly hooked. I also took my family out and my wife actually wants to plan out a Baja Ha Ha with a 6 month extention in the Gulf of Mexico in about 2 years after I get a little more time under the mast.
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Congratulations!!, good luck, and well said. I think many people here would have similar stories of getting started; know we do.

For us it started with a daysail on the Chesapeake with an old salt. Now our plans of cutting loose for good in a number of years are well in the making. allthou "So Okay" most likely will not be taking us she sure is teaching us many things for when "Still Okay" will.
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Best Wishes, Gunny, welcome to sailing and to the board. Hook all the rides you can, most folks are looking for crew anyway. And if you've got any questions, ask away...
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Semper Fi (from a Capt who was shot down over in Iraq in a C-130). I bought a sailboat because I thought it would be a nice way to spend my retirement now that the VA has me rated at 100%.

I was certainly right, but there is a lot to still learn before I'm ready for that.
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Semper Fi (from a Capt who was shot down over in Iraq in a C-130). I bought a sailboat because I thought it would be a nice way to spend my retirement now that the VA has me rated at 100%.

I was certainly right, but there is a lot to still learn before I'm ready for that.
Semper Fi Capt! I spent 20 in and retired in 98, so on my second career and find it is a great stress reliever and builds team work in my family. Lessons for me were the way to go for the SF Bay area. I am still a novice but nothing better than putting the toe rails in the water on a close reach. (Admittedly my wife does not enjoy it that much, so I mellow it out a bit). Just looking for crewing opportunities to sharpen my skills and continue the classes. I can so see myself in about 3 years just taking a break from life and Marina hopping down the coast of Baja then out to Hawaii. Thanks for your service Sir.
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Navy guys like me love seeing this kind of crossover!
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Navy guys like me love seeing this kind of crossover!
No worries NpDan, I still wear my anchor crooked
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A guy I work with is getting ready to out for a 10 mile bike ride during lunch: "does this headband make me look gay?"

I said "If you weren't a former Marine with biceps the size of my head, I might say yes...."
(he appreciated my honesty, wore a helmet over the headband, and let me live to fight another day, whew!)

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I knew a Major who I frequently had beer with. He bought an Audi TT roadster, and one afternoon he drove up to me and stopped, "hey do these new sunglasses make me look gay?"

Well, no... the car did, and the whole glasses thing added fuel to the fire, but we said nothing, and told him he looked great.

A short while later, the Colonel tells him, "is that your wife's car?" and he sold it the next week, having sobered up from "new car syndrome".

HAHA thanks for the laugh!
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