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Learning Opportunity in Chicago

Hi all!

Not sure if this is the appropriate area of the forum for this, but wondering if anyone in the Chicago area is looking for or open to having a law student who can't afford his own boat aboard to learn how to sail. I've posted before on best methods to learn as it has been a long dream/ambition of mine to sail. Several folks recommended that I find someone who is experienced that is either looking for someone to help out on board or just wouldn't mind showing me the ropes (metaphorically and literally).

I'm available most week nights and weekends (as I have a summer clerkship during the weekdays). I've been doing some reading over the winter months and am continuing this summer. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to get out on the water and be able to put concept with practice.

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No help in the Windy City, but might I suggest Royce's Sailing Illustrated as a basic primer. It covers just about everything one needs to know to safely handle a small craft, in a fun yet comprehensive format. From anchoring to boat nomenclature and even splicing, it's got most of what you'll need for getting started, yet is still a good reference book for the most experienced of us. No preachy tome here.
I would choose a crew member who had good understanding of the information available in that book over one who had done several of the ASA courses.
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No help in the Windy City, but might I suggest Royce's Sailing Illustrated as a basic primer. It covers just about everything one needs to know to safely handle a small craft, in a fun yet comprehensive format. From anchoring to boat nomenclature and even splicing, it's got most of what you'll need for getting started, yet is still a good reference book for the most experienced of us. No preachy tome here.

I would choose a crew member who had good understanding of the information available in that book over one who had done several of the ASA courses.


Thank you capta! I will definitely check that out. That sounds like a great resource to get the foundational knowledge. Much appreciated


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I'll mention again my suggestion of joining a low-cost sailing club. I searched and came up with Poor Man's Yacht Club in Chicago. $35 for a member with no boat. I get that you're a student, BTDT, but this seems like a good bang for your buck and the best way to get on lots of different boats and learn from different people.

Home - Poor Man's Yacht Club

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I'll mention again my suggestion of joining a low-cost sailing club. I searched and came up with Poor Man's Yacht Club in Chicago. $35 for a member with no boat. I get that you're a student, BTDT, but this seems like a good bang for your buck and the best way to get on lots of different boats and learn from different people.



There may be others.


Thank you Donna_F! Sorry I must have missed this before. You're right, does sound like good value for not a lot of money. Right in my wheelhouse on the current budget. I appreciate the direction.


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I'll mention again my suggestion of joining a low-cost sailing club. I searched and came up with Poor Man's Yacht Club in Chicago. $35 for a member with no boat. I get that you're a student, BTDT, but this seems like a good bang for your buck and the best way to get on lots of different boats and learn from different people.

Home - Poor Man's Yacht Club

There may be others.
There are also several "meetup" groups in that area!

https://www.meetup.com/NorthWest-Sailing-Association/

(This is just one example)
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No help in the Windy City, but might I suggest Royce's Sailing Illustrated as a basic primer. It covers just about everything one needs to know to safely handle a small craft, in a fun yet comprehensive format. From anchoring to boat nomenclature and even splicing, it's got most of what you'll need for getting started, yet is still a good reference book for the most experienced of us. No preachy tome here.
I would choose a crew member who had good understanding of the information available in that book over one who had done several of the ASA courses.
Just curious, but which version of Royce's do you recommend? There is quite a few according to amazon.
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This is the only one I'm familiar with.
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This is the only one I'm familiar with.
8th version? Thanks, I found one on amazon.
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Fortunately the physics of sailing hasn't changed much over the centuries. From one sailing book to another I think it's more a change in approach rather than the actual science. I keep this link on my resource list that I hand out to students:

https://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2008/09/3...cs-of-sailing/

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