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08-29-2014 03:49 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

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Originally Posted by solarwindsailor View Post
I don't own anything yet though to race and I am still trying to figure out whats in my area (e.g., sailingclubs, yacht clubs, schools etc...).
You'll learn more racing other people's boats (OPBs). Check yacht clubs and racing associations. Google is your friend. If you can't find anything come back and ask. Someone here will help you. Racers are always looking for crew. I have to beat those guys back with a stick. *grin*

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
SVA probably means crew on other people's race boats.
Exactly.
08-29-2014 01:42 PM
solarwindsailor
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

Thank you. I will definitely be looking to join some sort of a racing club as I read many learn from it inexpensively.



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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
Go racing. At worst it's free. Some skippers will buy beer and feed you.
08-29-2014 01:39 PM
TakeFive
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
When I first started sailing I took a weekend ASA course for under $400.

If I couldn't afford that, I couldn't afford to own a sailboat and my first boat was 22 feet.
That's a heck of a dinghy!

The guy's strategy is a good one. You can get a used dinghy for as little as 400 dollars. It is a great way to learn, and a viable alternative to lessons.
08-29-2014 01:20 PM
solarwindsailor
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

Thanks for everyone's help. I will figure out my own way. Sailing isn't expensive; people just love to tack on extra costs, shiny material, brown mahogany wood, sails that have funny cartoons on them, charge bizarre rates for basic instructions that are more expensive than a 4 year college class etc... I want to sail, not show off how rich or poor I am.

Again, thanks for everyone's help.
08-29-2014 01:15 PM
DRFerron
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

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I agree shelling out couple a grand $$$$ for lessons is pricey and you may not get the correct teachings. I can't afford it anyway. I feel the classes are more expensive than a college class and we are paying for their charter/expenses beyond the cost of the class.
It doesn't have to be pricey. When I was looking for sailing clubs near you there were a number of ASA sailing schools in your area. When I first started sailing I took a weekend ASA course for under $400.

If I couldn't afford that, I couldn't afford to own a sailboat and my first boat was 22 feet.
08-29-2014 01:11 PM
tomandchris
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

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Originally Posted by solarwindsailor View Post
I think I am going to buy a good dinghy first and have fun as well as read books on sailing. Simultaneously I will join a sailing club to perhaps get on a boat and observe/help.

I agree shelling out couple a grand $$$$ for lessons is pricey and you may not get the correct teachings. I can't afford it anyway. I feel the classes are more expensive than a college class and we are paying for their charter/expenses beyond the cost of the class.
No problem with your idea to buy a boat and go sailing. Dependent on your goal you do what is best for you.
As to your statement on the cost of classes and paying for the charter/expenses beyond that......do you think the boat and its expenses are free? Of course you pay for the boat as part of the package. However, it is probably still cheaper than chartering the same boat alone.
08-29-2014 12:50 PM
DRFerron
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

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Originally Posted by solarwindsailor View Post
I don't own anything yet though to race and I am still trying to figure out whats in my area (e.g., sailingclubs, yacht clubs, schools etc...).
SVA probably means crew on other people's race boats.
08-29-2014 12:46 PM
solarwindsailor
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

I don't own anything yet though to race and I am still trying to figure out whats in my area (e.g., sailingclubs, yacht clubs, schools etc...).

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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
Go racing. At worst it's free. Some skippers will buy beer and feed you.
08-29-2014 12:43 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

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Originally Posted by solarwindsailor View Post
I agree shelling out couple a grand $$$$ for lessons is pricey and you may not get the correct teachings. I can't afford it anyway. I feel the classes are more expensive than a college class and we are paying for their charter/expenses beyond the cost of the class.
Go racing. At worst it's free. Some skippers will buy beer and feed you.
08-29-2014 12:31 PM
solarwindsailor
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

I think I am going to buy a good dinghy first and have fun as well as read books on sailing. Simultaneously I will join a sailing club to perhaps get on a boat and observe/help.

I agree shelling out couple a grand $$$$ for lessons is pricey and you may not get the correct teachings. I can't afford it anyway. I feel the classes are more expensive than a college class and we are paying for their charter/expenses beyond the cost of the class.

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Originally Posted by caberg View Post
No offense to the instructors here, but the ones I've come across over the years have not really been that knowledgeable or experienced beyond very focused attention to some basics that are easily learned on your own.
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