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07-06-2011 01:37 AM
knotted Thank you for your reply to first signal. There is another signal to you in the aether, somewhere.... possibly here.

I knew that moments after I posted, you'd read your emails.... and I still didn't check my email before posting

So I just saw your next email... who says I don't learn quickly?
07-05-2011 11:43 PM
bljones Check your email, smartass.
07-05-2011 11:40 PM
knotted To bljones

Dear Sir:

Thank you for your kind invitation:
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knotted, I'm glad you enjoyed it. When are you coming sailing with us again?
I had replied using the new fangled semaphore method, but it appears that such privately sent communications have not yet reached you, or you are absent and enjoying an undoubtedly well deserved vacation. Perhaps on your return?

In short answer to your question: ASAP and at your convenience. That is to say, actually, at a time and date convenient for you, and at Dock 6. Let's leave conveniences, public or private, completely out of this conversation.

It has come to my attention that my prior assessment of the holding and liquid replenishment capacity of the general sailing fraternity appears to be somewhat less than reality. I do therefore propose to bring a larger bottle of wine.... about 100% larger, for the after sail libation.

I remain, Sir, your most cordial friend and sailing associate.

Knotted

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"You start with an empty cup of experience and a full barrel of luck. The trick is to fill your cup before the barrel runs dry." - bljones
07-03-2011 02:46 PM
knotted
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...BVIs this winter. It may not be Georgian Bay, but I'll make do.
Yeah.... its' a really tough life, but someone's got to live it, and who better than a bunch of sailors? er... make that crew
07-03-2011 09:52 AM
InkyMatt
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Originally Posted by knotted View Post
Thank you for your comments!
@InkyMatt: It sure was; I recommend a liveaboard course to all, without hesitation.

And I'll re-emphasise the point about sailing Georgian Bay: it involves sailing and piloting, amongst markers, rocks and shallows, using ranges and steering courses, not just boat and sail handling - the type of sailing you don't get elsewhere.

Challenge, the stuff of growth!

Gotta fill your cup!
Good idea. My Intermediate Standard (7-day livaboard) will be in the BVIs this winter. It may not be Georgian Bay, but I'll make do.
07-02-2011 11:27 PM
knotted
Sail Georgian Bay!

Thanks, flyingwelshman, good to know there are other courses in Georgian Bay. We're agreed on the most important part - The Bay has sailing challenges that you won't find in other more open water areas of the Great Lakes, and it's accessible to pretty much anyone in Ontario.

I want to sail Georgian Bay as soon as I'm confident enough to handle my boat alone. I looked at Lake Huron around Goderich this afternoon, but it wasn't as exciting as looking at the Bay, now that I know the challenges to be found there. Just ain't the same!

But I did see a neat trailer at Gozzard Yachts... even though I don't have a vehicle big enough to tow such a trailer!

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"You start with an empty cup of experience and a full barrel of luck. The trick is to fill your cup before the barrel runs dry." - bljones
06-30-2011 12:43 PM
flyingwelshman
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Originally Posted by MikeMorrison View Post
Good luck Knotted. I will be very interested in hearing your opinion of Adventure Sailing, I'm thinking about taking the Intermediate Cruising with Coastal Navigation from them eventually. Would like to do it this summer but $1500 x 2 is a bit more than the budget can handle right now.
Last year I did the intermediate skipper and my wife did the intermediate crew with Mike Young of 30,000 Island Sailing Adventures. He runs his course out of Killbear Marina (Just North of Parry Sound).

I believe we paid about $899.00 each (not over a grand anyway - my wife's the fiscally astute one in the family). We were also responsible for provisions.

It was a five-day liveaboard. The course was excellent. Mike was a strict but fair instructor. Once he got a handle on our abilities he let us manage the boat. By the end of the week it felt more like a cruise with a friend than a classroom. Mike was really good about correcting my mistakes. He was able to define my weaknesses and allowed me to find solutions without making me feel like a ****. Throughout the week we would have challenges thrown at us: finding position using LOBs; MAFOR (we were responsible for deciphering this every day), etc. By the end of the week we had covered the curriculum and more without realizing it.

Another advantage is that the area around Killbear is amazing. Lot's of little hidy holes around Franklin and Shawanaga Islands. (We were through there just last week and were very grateful to Mike for sharing some of his anchorages with us.)

I have no connection with the school, other than being a very satisfied 'graduate'.
06-30-2011 12:16 AM
knotted
Good stuff for everyone...

Thank you for your comments!

@Mike: Just do it! You'll never regret it!

@bljones: I sent you an email re your question... Answer: Soon, I hope!

@Jack: Agreed! Really got to get the Abbott wet and soon; funny how these instructors have great minds and think alike... GO SAILING!

@InkyMatt: It sure was; I recommend a liveaboard course to all, without hesitation.

And I'll re-emphasise the point about sailing Georgian Bay: it involves sailing and piloting, amongst markers, rocks and shallows, using ranges and steering courses, not just boat and sail handling - the type of sailing you don't get elsewhere.

Challenge, the stuff of growth!

Quote:
"You start with an empty cup of experience and a full barrel of luck. The trick is to fill your cup before the barrel runs dry." - bljones
Gotta fill your cup!
06-26-2011 07:37 PM
InkyMatt Sounds fantastic Knotted!
06-26-2011 12:52 AM
jackdale Sounds like a great experience. Now go sailing. That was the advise given to me by my first instructor.

Jack
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