Hey Landwalker, I just joined this site as well and have not really introduced myself. Perhaps I will do so in a thread.
For now, one new guy to another, welcome to sailing!
Although I am not sure if congratulations or condolences are in order.
My always Wife, some days First Mate/Admiral (dependent on the day) and I entered the sailing world exactly as you did 3 years ago.
We did a Cruise and Learn ASA 101 - 103 for a week.
We are now moving onto our first live aboard.
So be careful what you wish for!!
l had no idea what we were getting into or that we would be so hopelessly stricken by the affliction called sailing but,,,,, here we are.
I secretly (well, "secretly") hope for this long-term outcome. My wife has so far not been warm to the live-aboard idea, but obviously that's not a short-term goal anyway. Time will tell!
(Today we were out walking around during lunch, looking through the gates surrounding the handful of docking piers downtown in Portland. After looking at one place, she asked "Where do you want to go next?" So I pointed out towards the mouth of Casco Bay and said "That way, then turn right [south] and go about four months.")
Originally Posted by Justa
As for boats,,, I have to agree with all the guys recommending a longer learning curve.
There is not a sail club out there not looking for rail meat so,
Just show up and have some fun. You will be exposed to so many different ideas on and thoughts about boats its crazy.
I'm looking into it, but there just aren't many sailing clubs in our area. A number of fancy-schmancy yacht clubs, but Sail Maine (which I mentioned above) was the only "sailing club" I could find, assuming I'm even using the right definition of that term, and they pretty much just traffic in J/22s. Which still is probably not the worst thing, of course.
I threw my name into a hat to crew in a race on Wednesday this week, but haven't heard anything back regarding that yet. In the interim, I think we're leaning towards renting the Pearson 26 for the day this Saturday or (probably) Sunday and tooling around Casco Bay all day. Hopefully in a manner that won't result in us running into any ground or other boats. Or docks. Or countless other things...
(Edit: Just to clarify, the CPA thing isn't new... I've been in accounting for about six years now. The sailing
thing is new, though! And it hopefully will finally give my CPA thing something worthwhile to subsidize...)