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Re: How can I learn to sail?
This is how I did it:
Joined a yacht club, was put to work by the fleet captain preparing the beach to store catamarans. He promised me sailing lessons. We set up a Sunfish several times, but it was always too windy. We finally went out and I learned a good bit and even helped teach summer lessons to the kids.
Sailed on the club's Hobie Cats a few times, got an opportunity to buy one cheap, so I did. It was fun but needed a lot of work so I sold it a year later.
I kept sailing club boats and paying club fees. But my son never used the club so we quit and I bought a Catalina 22 last year. I've soloed, sailed with friends, sailed with my son, sailed 12 miles to an island to camp...had good days and had bad days, but I'm sailing.
Things break, you spin in circles, the wind doesn't blow the way you want or doesn't blow at all. But when you get back to shore you have sailed and maybe fixed things and made adjustments and learned something.
That's how I did it.
p.s. my 16 year old son is on the sailing team and loves our boat. We're going to move onto a 34' Catalina soon, I hope.
Roaming the Mississippi Sound
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