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View Poll Results: How did you get your start in sailing!
No formal instruction, just bought a boat and went for it 140 33.10%
No formal instruction, grew up sailing with family/friends 104 24.59%
No formal instruction, sailed with friends/family as an adult 54 12.77%
Formal instruction, US Sailing 22 5.20%
Formal instruction, ASA 55 13.00%
Military service lead to sailing 19 4.49%
Just crewed around randomly 8 1.89%
The boom hit my head on an accidental gybe, I can't remember 9 2.13%
Got in through racing for the most part 12 2.84%
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No formal - bought it for my birthday...then worked on upgrading / learning the systems, upgraded all the safety items, then went out and trial and error...most of what I learned was from books and the forums and the school of hard knocks..
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It's cool to see all the people that just bought a boat and went for it. My friend and I recently bought a boat and were planning on just going for it also. Lessons around here are a bit too expensive for us. It's good to know that it is possible to do.
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Learned to sail here a couple years ago:
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ste27 - my wife and I sailed in Bermuda too, on our honeymoon in 1973 (I married at a VERY young age (G) . . . only off the screen to the right a bit more, from our resort on Hamilton Harbour.
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I started sailing in the 50's with my parents, by my teens I was crewing on my dad's old Hinckley B40 with he and his friends on long trips and races - Marion to Hamilton was my favorite. I didn't have or need my own boat until the late 70's when I bought a Columbia 28.
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ste27 - my wife and I sailed in Bermuda too, on our honeymoon in 1973 (I married at a VERY young age (G) . . . only off the screen to the right a bit more, from our resort on Hamilton Harbour.
Resort ON the harbour in 73? Where? Nice place for a honeymoon!
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Well, I first learned at summer camp about 30 years ago. Then spent time racing and sailing as a teenager. Sailed as a member of the OPBYC for many years. Decided I wanted to buy a boat about six years ago, and bought one two years ago... Took a sailing course to get ASA certified in case I wanted to charter two years ago. Mostly, self-taught.
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Resort ON the harbour in 73? Where? Nice place for a honeymoon!
Hamilton Princess - we decided to have a great honeymoon, in lieu of a large wedding ceremony. After a breakfast reception in Newport, we spent a week in Bermuda - returned for our 30th in '03.
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Hamilton Princess - we decided to have a great honeymoon, in lieu of a large wedding ceremony. After a breakfast reception in Newport, we spent a week in Bermuda - returned for our 30th in '03.
Sounds like it was a good plan to me

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Lots of good info...now who's head got hit with the boom and can't remember how they got started in sailing
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