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noob question

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Hi. I'm not sure if this is the right forum to pose this question, but would greatly appreciate any feedback.

So I recently retired from the military and have big dreams of cruising as a lifestyle. I sailed lasers on a lake as a kid, but that's as far as my sailing experience goes. I've read some and realize the best way to get up to speed is to take lessons and join a crew, to not only see if it's really what I want but also to gain experience.

While I plan to do those things, if I were to try to get a job in the sailing world, where should I start to best prepare to live my dream?

Being a military retiree, I'm not wealthy, but I also don't need a full-time/career type job, unless it is more beneficial to pursuing my dream than, say, a part-time job at a sailing gear shop.

Due to family obligations, I can't join a crew in the near future, but I do live in Los Angeles.

Any advice? Thank you.
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The navigation rules are mostly the same and racing (even as rail meat) is a way to see in practice within a short time frame what you read about.
I'll heartily second what I believe is the underlying point DR made above. You can (and should) read a lot, and there's lots of great stuff out there TO read, but everything you read will click into place SO much faster when you're out on a boat, seeing it all in action. I can't tell you how many times I've read certain passages about sail trim or rigging, trying to visualize what's happening on my couch with the book in my hand for hours, then, once on the boat, in about 20 seconds of sailing, it just clicks... "Ohhhhhh!!!!! That's what they were talking about!" AND, once you're out there and your captain tweaks a sail a certain way and you feel the boat pick up a little speed or settle in, but you can't figure out why it happened, you can either ask the captain to explain it or go back to your books and research it.

I'm a voracious,obsesive reader, to a fault sometimes, and I'm hesitant to try or do anything until I feel I have complete comprehension of the task at hand. At least in my experience, that's not the best way to go about learning to sail. Read some, sail a lot. Don't read a lot and sail some. That's my biggest problem.


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