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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-23-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 21,980
Posted By InkyMatt
Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I have a Myerchin Lightknife. The marlinspike isn't a spike exactly, but a slim hook that you can push into a knot, hook below the loop holding it tight, and remove it pretty quickly. The serrated...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-07-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,368
Posted By InkyMatt
Re: Lake sailors: how do you like your wind?

For a casual cruise, my ideal is 10-15kts from the West, maybe with +5kt gusts.

This means that I can go out on a J24, probably without reefing. I can get out the Western Gap of Toronto Harbour,...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-13-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,528
Posted By InkyMatt
I think it's important to take a certified...

I think it's important to take a certified course, as well as get a lot of experience.

For myself, i know i'm new. I started sailing 8 months ago. I took my Basic Keelboating Standard, read 'The...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-12-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,528
Posted By InkyMatt
Ninefingers, the more I think, i'm wondering if...

Ninefingers, the more I think, i'm wondering if i'm misunderstanding your post.
There's a 20-water-hour course for around $600, but it's the Basic Standard. And that certainly wouldn't have an...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-12-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,528
Posted By InkyMatt
Interesting. My course is also through a Toronto...

Interesting. My course is also through a Toronto school starting with an 'H'. And as far as I know, the only one starting with an 'H'...

I asked a few sailing friends for recommendations, and...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-12-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,528
Posted By InkyMatt
The Canadian Yachting Association (sailing.ca)...

The Canadian Yachting Association (sailing.ca) has a list here : CYA Member's Area (http://members.sailing.ca/index.php?action=clubs.listSchools)

If you "basically have no experience," I'd...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-31-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,492
Posted By InkyMatt
Sailing For Dummies was good overall. "The...

Sailing For Dummies was good overall.
"The Sailing Bible," by Jeremy Evans (and others), was nicely divided into chapters with some more relevant than others. Not as in-depth as the others, but...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-29-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,269
Posted By InkyMatt
I agree. You should be fine, but as a former...

I agree. You should be fine, but as a former employee of that bank, they have a HUGE presence in the Caribbean and Central America, and US$ accounts are simple to open.
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-03-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,807
Posted By InkyMatt
Good idea. My Intermediate Standard (7-day...

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. ;)
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-26-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,807
Posted By InkyMatt
Sounds fantastic Knotted!

Sounds fantastic Knotted!
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-19-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,807
Posted By InkyMatt
Knotted, as someone who did extensive reading...

Knotted, as someone who did extensive reading before taking the course, you're right - being on the water definitely helped things fall into place. It took a few hours of maneuvers to really align...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-18-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,807
Posted By InkyMatt
My course was two consecutive weekends. Full...

My course was two consecutive weekends. Full 9-hour days.

It might have been good to be totally immersed in a non-stop program, but the 5 days in between were a convenient time to read the CYA...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-17-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,807
Posted By InkyMatt
Hi Knotted, I finished the CYA Basic Cruising...

Hi Knotted,
I finished the CYA Basic Cruising Standard at the Harborfront Centre. I went into it with almost no experience, and having read Sailing For Dummies. I learned a lot in the program, and...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-14-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,661
Posted By InkyMatt
Well, i've decided to sign up for a membership...

Well, i've decided to sign up for a membership with the Harbourfront Centre. it's a little more expensive than the National Yacht Club that JordanH recommended, but they have a really positive vibe....
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-11-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,661
Posted By InkyMatt
Thanks SLS and Jordan. I'm looking for a good...

Thanks SLS and Jordan. I'm looking for a good balance of learning, excitement, and fun (but without that over-competitive edge).
Jordan, I'm going to PM you for your gratious offer to show me the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-10-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,661
Posted By InkyMatt
Thanks Rorider, I had thought about going both...

Thanks Rorider,
I had thought about going both routes, but wasn't sure if it would be redundant. The racing club seems pretty laid-back (it's for us poor folk that don't have our own yacht yet),...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-08-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,661
Posted By InkyMatt
Crew or a Membership

I'm hooked.
I took my first sailing classes this weekend, and loved every minute of it. The peacefulness of Toronto Harbour, the rocking of the waves, the mechanical aspects of sailing...

My...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   04-08-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 324
Posted By InkyMatt
Hi from Toronto

Hi All,
I've been lurking for a while. I've slowly developed a fascination in sailing over the last couple of years. I've read a lot of books (instructional and experiences), but have only been on...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-08-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,807
Posted By InkyMatt
Hi Knotted, Did you end up choosing a course? ...

Hi Knotted,
Did you end up choosing a course?
I've signed up for the CYA Basic Cruising course at the Harbourfront Centre in May. If you're still deciding, i'll let you know how it goes. I'm...
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