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can anyone recomend a sailing school? I am am brand new to sailing and want to get ready this winter for the summer. I live in mass. I would like to stay on the east coast. This will be my winter vacation.
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Both USSailing and American Sailing Association offer sail training. ASA has weekend to week-long courses depending on how much time you have. Their website has a locator so you can choose where you want to take the course.

Since you're doing this over the winter, you might want to consider the southeast somewhere. Some of the week-long training has the students live on the boat for the week.
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Here is the link from ASA on finding a school.
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Hi, I am relatively new to sailing also. What I have found work for me is a lot of reading on the subject and then applying what I have read to sailing. There are a lot of local yacht clubs that have sailing lessons for adults. I took my lessons at a small club in New Hampshire. Also on the website "sailingabout.com" T
om Lochhaas teaches a 3 part sailing lesson that is full of information on all the basics of sailing. I found that a great way to get familiar with some of the concepts and terminology. The class is a nice way to spend a few hours learning during our long and cold winter.
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Vette,

I never took lessons. I bought the boat,then the trailer (both from Mass) then the truck to tow it with. This was in December. During the winter, my son and I took a class on Sailing and Seamanship from the USCGA in Portland,ME. I studied Sailing for Dummies (yes, it's real), Sail Trim, The Complete Trailer Sailor and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. I also have a dvd, Sailing Made Easy. Then, on a lovely day in June, we got her wet and hoisted the main. It was the first time I had ever sailed. Being an engineer, I like to think I have a little more level a head than some adventure seekers out there. That was four years ago. We've sailed about 1200 km miles now. A pittance in some eyes but we feel we've done fairly well. Just don't check out my OTHER posts.

I guess what I'm saying is to take classes if you can, that's best. But if you can't, study like crazy and get out there. Make some mistakes. Clean your shorts. Make a few more and have the time of your life.

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