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Old guy, new Sailor new Obsession

I just started sailing a month or so ago after a lifetime of small power boat ownership. Its funny, most of my life I have avoided ever playing golf because I was concerned Id get all obsessive about it like some of my friends. I already had plenty of expensive hobbies.

But I accidentally tripped over sailing and have fallen and cant get up! My wife and I wound up in San Diego while touring the country in our RV. I noticed a Groupon add for a basic keelboard class for $150. Id been reading all these English sea battle books, Nelson, Hornblower, etc. and decided to see how all that sail business really worked.

As a former adult ed instructor, I was very much disappointed in the two-day class but completely blown away by how much fun it was and what a real challenge it is. It seems a door has opened, having the feeling of the tiller thrumming in my hand, the wind acting as a friend and force, altogether its a sensation that is somehow in sync with the true me. It is a meditation I have sought my whole life.

Ive put in about 50 skipper hours in 4 weeks, with the Capri 22 here on Mission Bay and out in the big BAY. (Ill tell you the story of newbie me, with a US Navy destroyer up my stern much closer than I liked!)

I have bugged my wife so much than now I am afraid to even use the S word. I need now to just quietly slide along, renting where I can and taking the 103 class in the next few weeks.

When the wind puffs in my face in the parking lot of Target, I ask myself, Hmm, where is that coming from and how strong is it? lol
If you like, Ill post more adventures of a sail addict in the early stages.

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Re: Old guy, new Sailor new Obsession

I know the feeling. I am new to sailing as of the first of this year. We bought a Com-Pac 27 and closed new years day. We had never sailed, but I had done a ton of reading. We are 1.5 hours from the boat, but go almost every weekend. I got lucky and the wife enjoys it also. We still feel out of place a bit, but it's getting better.

Good luck to you and maybe with more luck the wife will want a boat too.
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Thanks. Actually, I am very fortunate that my wife does want a boat, just not now while we are traveling, which makes sense. Even I have to agree that we need a home before a boat. In the meantime, she likes to sail and is spending a good amount of her (our) money for me to learn and sail some nice boats here in San Diego. I count my blessings there, for sure.

My goal here is to just complete 103 and maybe get more hours near shore.
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Re: Old guy, new Sailor new Obsession

Awesome, Steelhands! Like you, I also 'tripped over' sailing by accident. I needed a place to sleep temporarily in Los Angeles, and six years later, I still have the boat and Sail her (and maintain her) regularly. My advice to you, to speed up the learning curve, is to go the the nearest Yacht Club (or go to their site) and find out when the regattas are and how to get in touch with captains needing crew. Racing will teach you everything you need to get going, minus anchoring. You will also learn about what type of boat suits you. I recommend looking for Cruiser Class races. The PHRF class boats aren't as comfortable. All it usually costs is a 12 pack of beer.
Edit: When are are new on a racing crew, you will be positioned on the windward rail, known as "rail Meat". You will be surprised by how much you can learn talking to other sailors on the deck.

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