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05-03-2008 12:53 PM
camaraderie Thanks for your service Brian and welcome to the board.
You're in a great area for exploration...and don't forget the waters to your south in NC are pretty neat too!
05-03-2008 07:26 AM
teshannon Welcome to Sailnet and glad to have you with us.
05-03-2008 12:04 AM
New Chesapeake Bay tug dodger!

Hello all!

I'm Brian, originally from Granbury, Texas. I've been in the Navy for 12 years now and stationed at NAS Oceana for 11 of them. A few years ago I learned that Norfolk base had a Sailing Center and I got my basic card (Lasers, 420 dingys, and Hobie cats) and headed out into Willoughby Bay.

Then while just bouncing around the interwebs, I found a sailing journal on the Columbia Yacht Owners Association page and decided that I should venture further from Norfolk base while I was still stationed near the bay that claims "more coast than the United States". I read up on the Catalina 25 and went to challenge to get my "Intermediate I" card. The catch was I had to bring my own crew, and I knew no one that sailed.

Long story short, I picked 2 junior sailors from my avionics repair work center, gave them a 'crash course' and took them sailing. The challenge practical is supposed to last 2-6 hours, we were done in just over 1. That was last week. I took one of the guys, my wife, and dog out for a 3 hour sail in the Catalina 25 today and good times were had by all.

Thanks for having me!

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