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Hi Everyone,

New to the site and new to sailing as well. Learning to sail has been on the bucket list for a while but was in San Fran last fall and saw some the AC races and decided 2014 was the year to get it done. Signed up and took the ASA Basic Keelboating class in Southport NC (I live near Charlotte) and have joined a club on Lake Wylie where I've started to crew on an Pearson Ensign. Just started using the club's Sunfish (a total blast!) and they also have some MC Scows which I'll work my way up to at some point. Basically just a sponge at this point, trying to learn as much as I can while having a great time. I think I'd like to sail dinghys as much as possible here at the lake and eventually get to the point of doing some coastal sailing off of NC/SC.

I've flown planes in the past and enjoy the similarities between the two activities but the soft nature of the sails and balance of the boat are pretty fascinating to me.

Sure I'll be thinking of buying a boat at some point, but I think sailing on anything I can get a ride on or my hands on is my first goal :)
 

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It was certainly nice compared to pretty much everywhere north of us this year. The Chesapeake isn't that far north though...is it that much different?? or are you not living in that area?
 

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Welcome to SailNet! Glad to offer my two cents on any questions you may have about coastal NC.
 

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Thanks! I have not spent much time around the Pamlico Sound but I was in New Bern last September and it was gorgeous. Seems like it would be pretty good sailing out there, yes?
 

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Welcome to Sailnet! The Pamlico and Neuse are both nice. At New Bern, the river really opens up downstream around Fairfield Harbor. But plenty of smaller boats sail right around the New Bern waterfront. There are dinghy races there just about every weekend.
 

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Yes, coastal NC has a lot to offer with nice sailing weather and neat places to visit. I have friends in and around Charlotte and have always wanted to check out Lake Norman from a Hobie Cat or other little sailboat. I'll have to put Wylie on the list too!
 

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Another welcome. The area around the Neuse is hard to beat IMO. Has been home for the MC for all of her 42 yrs. The combination of multiple anchorages, wide rivers and open Sounds plus the access to offshore/Cape Lookout via Beaufort Inlet is hard to beat.
Dan S/V Marian Claire
 

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Appreciate the info everyone. Seems like there is so much to explore just off the coast of the Carolinas that it could keep me busy for years.

SecondWindNC, I haven't sailed on Lake Norman yet though I know 2 folks with boats on the water there...neither is actively sailing so I may need to find the right bribe to get a ride. It is a bigger lake but there is tons of development around there so I imagine traffic can be bearish on weekends. I was surprised there was any real sailing presence on Lake Wylie. Its not very big and the Buster Boyd bridge really eliminates the top 1/3 of the lake from sailboats. But I've seen some other Sunfish out there and the club I've joined has about an 8 boat Ensign fleet and assorted other sailboats under 24 feet. There is a Hobie parked on a slab and I think that would be a lot of fun on either Wylie or Norman :)
 
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