Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Gunnison, Colorado
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I am brand new here, and pretty much new, or renewed, to sailing. I was glad to find this post. I live in Western Colorado with one 25 mile long, but narrow lake nearby. I spent a couple of summers as a kid fooling around on a 12' homebuilt dingy sailor of some sort. I learned some basics there and had a ball, but that was 35 years ago. I then spent a number of years flying hanggliders and learning a lot about wings and airflow, as well as weather. About 10 years ago someone gave us a couple of sailboards which again whetted my appetite for sailing and taught me some things about rake etc.
Then, 3 weeks ago, a friend took me out on his Cal20, my first time on a "real" sailboat. I was hooked. I thought I might try to sell some gear and find a boat next year (we have a long winter here). But last week up popped an International Tempest in my region for next to nothing. It needs some work, but overall is in good shape. I'm going to get it tomorrow.
Ziaduck, I have lived in Albuquerque, and understand where you are with no real resources. I am in somewhat the same boat, so to speak, but do have a few people around that sail, and more accessible water. I consider myself to know little or nothing about a bigger boat with a keel, and running multiple sails. Given the unique challenges that lakes surrounded by mountains present, I know I am in for some interesting moments. I have spent a lot of time on our local waters in sea kayaks and the windsurfers. Things can change very rapidly! I am looking forward to reading here, buying the suggested books, picking the brain of every poor victim I can find at the lake, and teaching myself a new skill. I appreciate the patience of everyone for those of us that have no ocean, no sailing culture to tap into, and little knowledge, but much enthusiasm. No doubt I will be asking many dumb questions.
Sorry for going so long. Thanks.