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I think this could be a great learn to sail site if we just ask more questions. I'm new to sailing also and have plenty of questions that I just haven't bothered to ask. There are so many knowlegeable people in this site (Sailingdog is one of the best) that love to help newbies but the questions have to be asked.
I bought my first boat this year. It's a 1964 Marconi-rigged catboat. Though I learn more everytime I sail, I find more things I don't understand. I'm the kind of guy who would rather find the answer myself than just come out and ask, but I'll start asking more questions of the experienced people to help the learning community (and myself).
I'm not talking about questions like, "which sailing school is best?" but things like, "when I'm sailing downwind and I want to turn, how do I avoid the crash gybe?" This is something that actually happened to me the other day. The catboat has a huge mainsail (for a 13 foot boat) ant I was shocked by the force with which that boom came around. I can't believe my 42 year old gooseneck survived!
Anyway, I don't want to hijack this thread but my point is, this site has a "learn to sail" section, let's use it.