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Hello All!!

I'm totally new to the world of sailing, and I'm finally taking my first steps to fulfilling my lifelong dream!

I enrolled for back to back ASA101 and 103 courses, and I'm just curious as to how difficult it may be to earn my certifications? I've never been on a boat, and I've been reading the texts and study materials, and yet most seems rather straightforward, yet I'm still a little nervous!!

I'm just wondering if I am trying to tackle too much at once, or if I'm just being paranoid and worrying too much. Either way, it'll be an awesome week on the water for once!!! :)
 

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I wouldn't worry about it - both courses were fun (I did them in warm Caribbean waters) and not too taxing. The toughest part was learning the written material, but since you've done a lot of that already you can concentrate on the sailing portions.
 

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The School and the Instructor have a vested interest in making sure that you have an Positive, enjoyable and successful experience.

Knowing/reading the terminology in advance ( port, starboard Bow, stern etc. ) and the parts of the boat: standing and running rigging, as well as the rules of of the road
( windward, leeward etc) and the points of sail, will go a long way to help you pass the 101 written exam. Look at the ASA website for their " Standards"

Once on the water just focus on having situational awareness, knowing where the wind is coming from at all times and executing the maneuvers.

Don't.. get lost in all the theory of the hydro, aerodynamics or mechanics etc just relax and "feel" the boat.

103 will give you the opportunity to explore the boat systems in more detail.

This is just the beginning of a lifelong learning process if you get " Hooked"

Have Fun!!
 

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Daring to piggy-back on this thread - had anyone challenged the ASA 103 exam rather than taking the whole course? I've looked at the content and was wondering how difficult it is without the course. I've been sailing one and off for a few years, but if you asked me to recite particular laws verbatim I probably couldn't (type and number of fire extinguishers, and other specifics for which one usually keeps a handy reference around).

Thanks!

Nico
 
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