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Yes, that's true, tomorrow the 6th of September will mark my 1st year has a "sailor".

Back in 2008 I decided that it was time to start to learn sailing and on the 6th of September I enrolled in a basic sailing course and had my 1st sailing lesson. Tomorrow I will be starting an advanced course and in 2 months I will be doing a Cruisers Course.

Since then I have been sailing all the weekends I can and have learned the art in some different boats (G7.25, Dufour 34, Grand Soleil 40...). During this year I also got my Local Skipper license (mandatory in Portugal if you want to sail by yourself) and soon I will start my classes for the Coastal Skipper license.

I'm completely hooked on sailing. I've been reading tons of books, magazines, web sites...I start my day thinking about sailing boats and I go to bed and I dream about sailing.

I decided to make a sabatical year from my own company (a marketing and management company specialized in motorsports - quite a different world!) just to have my weekends of sailing and to have time to read, to learn and to concentrate on sailing.

Sailing has changed me. The smells, the sounds, the motion, the elements, all so diferent and so unique from those that we are used from...land.

It's been 1 year since I have made this decision that real changed my life, or at least the way I now see life.
 

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Great start DB.
You'll find its a great stress relief by not thinking work stuff and just concentrating on boat stuff. Next step - get a yacht.
 

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Anniversary!? We're suppost to celebrate Anniversaries?? No wonder I'm single again!!

Happy Anniversary DarkBlue!!
 

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Very cool dark! It's great to other people get so hooked on sailing. It is a freakin' amazing thing to do.

You're living the life, dude.

PS - I'm only about 4 months in front of you in terms of anniversaries - but have yet to get my certifications. Congrats on yours.
 

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Happy aniversary and many more to come. As you go through all your courses, just know that sailing is like tennis: it takes a year to learn how to play tennis, then another five years to become a tennis player.
 

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1st Anniversary - Beaufort 6

Another great Sunday afternoon and what a better way to commemorate my 1st Anniversary of Sailing!
First 2 hours with 20 knots of wind N, Genoa+Main with 1 reef on. Last 2 hours with Beaufort 6 and growing, Genoa out+Main with 3 reefs on! Lots of Hobie Cats upside down.

Thank you for your posts St Anna, Boasun, smackdaddy and johnshasteen. :)

YouTube - 1st Anniversary
 
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