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04-22-2013 11:53 PM
Geo56
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

Thank you and many thanks to all the members who took the time and responded - some with some excellent advice that I shall use.
Goodnight!!
04-22-2013 11:36 PM
scratchee
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

I for one thank you from the bottom of my heart for not asking about sailing to Australia with just your ASA classes under your belt, and for continuing to participate in your thread with more than just your initial post!

A piece of advice that I would add is to pay attention to learning navigation and rules of the road in addition to boat handling. Unfortunately these are things that you can kind of fake for a long time, and many people do. But these people are not safe and neither are the people around them.

Sailing is something that you can definitely do, and it has the potential to become something that you'll love with all your heart. Best of luck to you.
04-22-2013 10:41 PM
Geo56
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

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Originally Posted by barefootnavigator View Post
Most of us just buy a boat and go sailing There is not much to single handing once you are away from the dock.
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Originally Posted by Gregrosine View Post
Go for it! Sail in Lake Ontario. You sound like your in the same position as we are. We took ASA lessons last summer on Lake Michigan. I'm 59 and my wife is a few years younger (not allowed to say). We are in the final stages of buying our first sail boat and can't wait to get it in the water and do our first sail. If you don't do it you will regret it. Just do it and let us know how it works out for you. Best.
Thanks for the encouragement! It's reassuring to know there are many like me with similar aspirations!
04-22-2013 10:39 PM
MIsailor
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

I'm also 56. If you enjoy it then like the others have said, just do it. Whether it's classes, crewing for someone else, or getting your own boat just get out there and go sailing. At 56 we ain't getting any younger.
04-22-2013 10:24 PM
Gregrosine
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

Go for it! Sail in Lake Ontario. You sound like your in the same position as we are. We took ASA lessons last summer on Lake Michigan. I'm 59 and my wife is a few years younger (not allowed to say). We are in the final stages of buying our first sail boat and can't wait to get it in the water and do our first sail. If you don't do it you will regret it. Just do it and let us know how it works out for you. Best.
04-22-2013 04:13 PM
nodders
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

A couple of suggestions. One is to co-own a boat already at a club. Our dock neighbours actually have this arrangement and it works very well for them. Their experience varies considerably but the lesser experienced have the benefit of the other folks (4 all told).

Humber is a basic course and the trick is to get out there sailing as much as possible. Good for the basics, not so much for ongoing actual experience. You can join Humber as well (fairly pricey in my mind) and you can crew as many times a week as you want. Boats vary from 24 ft to 43 ft.

You can also join most of the clubs in the GTA as a social member and then crew on race nights - great experience in all kinds of conditions. I also have been seeing advertisements for the Island yacht club (I think) that I believe have some club boats you can use? Not sure about the details and, of course, cannot find the ad now that I want to look at it!

Finally, and many may disagree, but my take is that if you can handle Lake Ontario, you can, for the most part, manage ocean conditions! Lake Ontario can be tough at times. We recently sailed the BVI's and my wife was amazed at how much easier it was than our little lake! Consistent winds and swells far apart making for a much gentler ride that 2 metre waves close together!
04-22-2013 01:57 PM
Geo56
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

Good advice, at least during the summer months. I have looked into joining one of the various sailing schools and using their boats. The appeal of Florida is the great sailing weather year round....
04-22-2013 01:48 PM
ABH3 Boyer
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

I would expect it to be much more cost effective to sail where you live. Lake Ontario is a world class freshwater sailing destination. being a partner in a boat might also work for you. Many people in the area sell partnerships of their boats to off set the docking and maintance fees. The more you sail the better your going to get at it. One way to up your hours on the water is do it close to home.
04-22-2013 01:01 PM
Frogwatch
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

Buy a Cataline 22 or similar boat for next to nothing and keep it on a trailer near the Gulf. When you come down, set her up and sail.
My club (Apalachee Bay Yacht Club) actually has a Hunter 23 for use by members and you get facilities. Other nearby clubs prob do too. You could come down, live aboard (get yourself a cheapo Wal Mart Air Conditioner) and sail. You can always find experience ppl locally who want to sail for an afternoon.
Eventually, you'd find a bigger boat you want.
04-22-2013 12:27 PM
blutoyz
Re: Overwhelmed sailing novice seeks advice

I am one of the "buy a boat" group.
Grab a trailerable dinghy/laser for home up north and sail the crap out of it on a local lake or puddle. Small boats are great teachers because you get wet if you make a real mistake.
If your dream is to have one to stay on down south than find a friend with some knowledge and get one, hang around and make friends at the marina down there and you are sure to find someone experienced to go out with until you are comfortable.

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