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01-24-2010 02:16 PM
elfLogos The other thing, though, is that in all cases our sailing classes were pretty far from home. We live in NC, and went to schools in Florida and Charleston. These provided vacation opportunities for the two of us in addition to school. We wouldn't travel that far from home without each other, and it would have been more expensive to arrange classes separately.

Everyone is different, but I know a lot of couples who plan to sail and/or cruise together, as we do, do fine taking classes at the same time -- every couple is different. Having one spouse teach the other to sail is another matter entirely, but in our case, we were both equally newbies to the whole sailing thing, so classes together were the most efficient way to go.
01-24-2010 11:14 AM
sailingdog While that may have worked for you, it is pretty common that it doesn't work that well for most couples. Besides, IMHO, you and your partner will have plenty of time to discuss things as you sail together... making sure that each of you has a sufficient foundation to work with is more important than spending the few days the classes will take together.

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I don't know...my DH and I took all our sailing classes together, and it worked out great for us, because the instructor rotated the roles around, so everyone on the boat was just a student, not a spouse. It also helped in that we could study together and discuss things from the books, the sail we took that day, quiz each other, etc. When we took our liveaboard classes, it was nice to be able to share a cabin too!
01-23-2010 09:11 PM
elfLogos
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I'd point out that couples should generally take sailing lessons separately rather than jointly. They tend to learn more that way.
I don't know...my DH and I took all our sailing classes together, and it worked out great for us, because the instructor rotated the roles around, so everyone on the boat was just a student, not a spouse. It also helped in that we could study together and discuss things from the books, the sail we took that day, quiz each other, etc. When we took our liveaboard classes, it was nice to be able to share a cabin too!
10-19-2009 12:46 PM
sailingdog I'd point out that couples should generally take sailing lessons separately rather than jointly. They tend to learn more that way.
10-19-2009 08:38 AM
JimMcGee Peg, we made a mini-vacation out of sailing school, so I think your idea of a school in Florida is a good one.

That said, I assume you're getting ready to pull the boat for the winter by now (if you haven't already). Wait and schedule your sailing school close to when you plan to put her back in the water in the spring. The sooner you're on the boat and putting the lessons into practice, the less you'll have forgotten and the more comfortable you'll be.

I'm sure there are a lot of good sailing schools in Florida. I've heard good things about the Offshore Sailing School though I haven't taken classes with them. Their web site is Sailing Schools | Colgate Offshore Sailing School and they offer beginners courses.

Best of Luck,
Jim
10-19-2009 06:24 AM
dongreerps The idea of sailing school is excellent. There are lots to choose from. At least consider the school on North Sound in the BVI. There are also regularly scheduled classes for ladies only. Some real advantages for you in yur situation. A further thought is to consider taking a week-10 day bare boat charter in the Virgin Islands with an instructor/captain.
Even though your neighboring yacht club has a waiting list, I would encourage you to find out when they schedule races, and on those days just show up, asking if anyone needs help or crew. This is a real win/win situation. They need crew, and you need sailing experience.
10-18-2009 10:05 AM
seadaddler
Lessons

Lessons is a great idea and can't hurt just help make you a better sailor.
I had been sailing sunfish and Hobie's for alot of years but when we bought
our first 29 keel boat my wife made me promise to take a week of sailing lesson's on our new boat.
It was a great idea because we learned how every thing worked on our new Hunter 290 and my wife how to sail and enjoy sailing so much more,we now have a 36 which I single hand all the time it is new and easy to sail but thinking of sending the wife for sailing lesson's again to refresh her sailing skills.
Have fun and lesson's are only the beginning of learning to handling your boat,you need more time out sailing your boat to really get good at it for cruising which is more learning,have fun and enjoy.
10-16-2009 06:22 PM
jstroup Peg,

Lots of good suggestions.

I'm a big fan of taking classes, at least at the start to learn the correct, efficient, safe and occasionally easy way to do things. I also think having successful sails builds confidence.

I think its clear that both of you are in over your heads and I think you both should take lessons at the same school but hopefully in different classes/sessions. Being in separate classes gives you the opportunity to take command and/or make mistakes without him getting in the way.

I know that sailing season is winding down in Maine so maybe you want to consider taking a class during the winter in some warmer climate. Make a vacation of it and learn to sail at the same time.

judie
10-12-2009 08:42 PM
seabreeze_97 When I went for lessons, and they asked what I already knew, I said, "I know my name." Much better to make mistakes in lessons. Take them if he won't. Then, when the wind gusts and he's hiding in the cabin cryin' for momma, you can step in and save the day.
10-07-2009 02:46 PM
sailingfool (do two more posts and you will be able to use the PM system...just say thanks twice).

I teach the full curiclum at a New England school and would be willing to do a few days on your own boat...see your PM...or email me.
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