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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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How did you get your start in sailing?

How'd you get your start in sailing I'll add a poll with hopefully enough choices to get everyone!
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i started going on wednesday night races with my father & uncle when i was about 7 or 8. i enjoyed the sailing but really used to go for the box of cracker jacks my uncle always kept on the boat. my uncle sold the boat when i was ten and since then have only been out on other peoples boat a handful of times. last year i chartered a 54' hinckley for our 10th anniversary, got the sailing bug again and 2 months later bought our first boat.
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Nearly fifty years ago as a newly minted ensign in the Navy I was stationed in Great Lakes, IL as skipper of an LMD (Large Mahogany Desk). Special Services (Recreation) had an active sailing program with a dozen Interlake 18' and a old Alden Malabar 48' ketch. Over the two summers I was stationed there I sailed nearly every day. When I got back to NY I was an experienced crew (and a bachelor) so I was able to gets lots of berths on big races. Been doing it ever since, though now on my own boat and cruising rather than racing.
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Family, Boy Scouts

  • Took sailing at scout camp one summer
  • Dad had a Laser sailboat which I sailed around Mendon Ponds Park in Pittsford, NY
  • Taught sailing a few summers later at Scout Camp
  • Dad had a 22' Catalina for a while
  • Finally bought my first boat at 42 years old - Pearson 10M
  • Have had it less than a full year and already have 3 foot itis.

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I bought a Super Porpoise board boat 35 years ago, while on vacation in Florida, and learned by doing. The next year, I took a beginning course and cruising course at Annapolis Sailing School in St. Petersburg, Fla. I raced, cruised and moved up in size a couple of times until I retired, and bought a C&C 35 Landfall. Life is good!
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I'd have to check multiple boxes on the poll.

Went out once with a friend in late September.
Bought a boat 3 weeks later - sailed the boat all that winter.
Annapolis Sailing School 3 day class in May, The total time on the water did not equal the time I already had.
Bought bigger / newer boat in June, sailed it 4 years with a couple BVI bareboat catamaran charters thrown in.
Bought Catamaran in May last year.

Mostly - self taught, taught by friends
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