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New to Sailing and SailNet
Greetings. I'm Bradley, aka "Moose", from coastal Alabama. I'm new to sailing all-together, but my wife and I caught the bug recently on vacation when we had such a blast on our resorts complimentary Hobie Cat. Now I'm dying to get on a real boat and learn to properly sail, but we do not know anyone that goes. I've been reading up a bunch, and hope to buy my own boat in a year or so.
I welcome any advice on how to get my feet wet. With the help of Google, I've reached out to a local yacht club (Mobile YC) and inquired about lessons but haven't heard anything back yet.
Would you recommend that I take an actual class, complete with certifications? And if so, which one? It's been a bit confusing for this newbie as to all the different organizations - ASA, US Sailing, IYT, etc. I have a few ASA-affiliated schools within 1.5hr drive from me, but would need to travel a good ways to reach a US Sailing or IYT-affiliated school.
I look forward to reading your replies.