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Let’s look at what you know, and what you need to learn. The fact that you are a former racer says that you once had some significant sailing skills, and it won’t be difficult for you to regain those skills with practice. The fact that you have no "big boat" experience suggests that you’ll need to learn how big boats (sloops) are rigged, how to use those devices, and probably how to trim and sail a sloop, rather than the cat or lateen rigged dinghies you might have sailed. You can probably learn those things from your friend in time, but your post on this forum suggests that you want to learn them on a fast track, and the best way to do that is by taking a comprehensive basic sailing course, where you’ll learn or re-learn the terminology of sailing, the rules of the road, all the fundamental principles of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, and you’ll have hands-on practice rigging and sailing a big boat with the assistance of a skilled instructor. There are lots of schools that can teach basic sailing adequately. Annapolis Sailing School taught me well, about 40 years ago, as they have thousands of people. They’ve been doing it for a long time, and I don’t doubt they’ll do at least as good a job as anyone else. How you choose to do it is entirely up to you, but I think you’re headed in the right direction.
It's nice to see you coming back to sailing!
Last edited by Sailormon6; 02-19-2012 at 09:28 AM.