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Hi am new and want to learn about sailing
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Take a course, like the ASA 101 Learn to Sail course, buy David Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor, join a sailing club and crew for the round-the-buoy weekly races.

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Everything SD said. I started with the The Annapolis Book of Seamanship and then took the ASA 101. I'm a more hands on type of person so I learned a lot from the 101 course and I now use the book as a reference piece now.
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Take time between courses to do some sailing and practice your skills. Too often people try to attain levels without the experience necessary to be successful.

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This is a good book that taught me almost everything that I needed to know to start. Your First Sailboat: How to Find and ... - Google Book Search
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Buy a boat and get out there.
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Hi am new and want to learn about sailing
Okay - here ya go:

Sailing is fun.

Lessons are good but not absolutely mandatory.

Small boats are very affordable and get used a lot.

Medium sized boats are not so affordable and get used sometimes.

Big boats require obscene amounts of money and should not be an object of your consideration right now.

Read and listen to as much as you can. Ignore the stuff that sounds like idiocy regardless of who is telling it to you. Before you decide to take someone's advice, ask them when the last time they employed the technique or process they advising you to follow was. Did it work ? If they have not done it themselves, but are telling you to do it - ignore them. They are idiots.

If you are not careful you can actually kill yourself and the other people on your boat. This doesn't happen often, but it does happen.

Buy a small, cheap boat and get on with it.

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find rich guys with boats. sail for them.
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Hi am new and want to learn about sailing
Folks,

Before anyone else invests more time helping captainfred "learn about sailing", I wanted to mention that "captainfred" showed up five days ago and hasn't returned since.

One of his three posts included a link to a commercial product that had nothing to do with sailing. So it's doubtful that his interest is sincere.


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Thanks for the heads up JRP...was he a run-of-the-mill spammer or is he a possible hall of shame candidate???

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