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Re: What to take to sailing school?

Good advice, I will put search for a PFD on hold. I am meeting up with my classmates tonight and we will be discussing our adventure and prep. Some beer and wine drinking will be done as well as a proper prep for what is to come.
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Some beer and wine drinking will be done as well as a proper prep for what is to come.
Beer and wine drinking IS proper prep.
Especially if it is good beer and cheap wine. preferably out of a box.
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Re: What to take to sailing school?

Check with Bay Breeze as to what they provide in the way of PFD's. 10 years ago we did not use them. It seems to me that I see their classes going out wearing them now. Best to ask or you will be paying WM prices in TC.
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I am currently doing as much book work as I can. The school from northern Michigan has sent my study guides and textbooks so it is my hope that I will have as much of the terminology down before I leave in June.
Having just taken 101, this would be my first recommendation. The terminology is like a foreign language. Once you learn and use it, its second nature but when you're first exposed to it, as in my case, the terms are all new and none of it makes much sense. The school I attended believes that advance study is not required but I think getting familiar with the terms in advance will help you a lot.

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Re: What to take to sailing school?

The terms are like any vocabulary - context related. My style of learning is such that I need to focus heavily on the task I am doing. If I have a lot of the background learning done I can focus much more clearly the the task of sailing. That is just me though. We all learn in different ways and speeds. I added two items to my take list this weekend, a floating strap for my sun glasses because I would be that guy that drops his prescription sun glasses into the water and a long sleeve underArmour shirt for warmth and wicking. On sale at our local sporting goods store. Gloves I may already have. I have a pair of fingerless bike gloves that may work and I will be looking out for something to go over them for warmth when needed.
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