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Old 01-25-2007, 03:00 AM   #29
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Hello All, Its now Almost two years later and Diana and I have completed all levels of the OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL program including being able and certified to sail up to 47 ' Catamarans which we just finished doing in the BVI for 3 weeks. We go to the Bahamas in Feb for another week and their Passagemaking course again...Not bad for not knowing port from starboard when we began....

I wanted to thank you all for your great responses to my questions. We are both feeling pretty comfortable sailing now and are still on track to break away for good in about 5 years....

In the BVI we sailed with an Instructor named Julian Putley who also happened to Author the Book " Drinking Mans Guide to the BVI." It is a fine guide to the better places to drink and eat in the BVI..My question is , Is there some other book like that that covers from Trinidad to Mexico , across the top of South America that highlites all the Islands and other details.Repairs ,dangers etc.....Thanks for the help and I will try to update our progress as we go......

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Old 01-25-2007, 03:15 AM   #30
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Hi Tom

Congratulations on what you have achieved - well done. And, welcome back to the forum.
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:54 AM   #31
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Wonderful, Tom! I just read this thread and all the advice, and want to agree with the folks who recommend dinghy sailing as a way to learn. I started on Sunfish and Lightnings when I was barely a teen, still sail my sharpie in coastal NC waters, and now with my husband (we're on the far side of 50/60) have graduated to a 50 footer, which is work, but I tell you, it's great exercise! I told my kids, no nursing home for us--just push us off when it gets too much or launch us in the dinghy (we have a his and hers so that he can zoom with a motor and I can row and sail).

I took care of my auntie for nine years before she died. She had dementia, but she remembered enough about sailing to ask if she should move to the high side (not a requirement on Sea Venture, but certainly was on her sailboats). We're hoping to be like the couple Jeanne mentioned...quitting only when we want to and not because we're wrinkled.

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Hi Tom,

To get you in the mind set of sailing, a good read is "The Wanderer" by Sterling Hayden.

http://smartpei.typepad.com/robert_paterso...anderer_st.html

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Hi Tom and Diana,

Following this thread is an inspiration to see folk who are chasing their dreams, which you are doing as a couple – something that is too often a one sided affair. You seem to have taken the right direction in doing courses and getting out on the water and “doing it”. Congratulations!

I am a delivery skipper, delivering sailing catamarans from Cape Town, South Africa to wherever they are needed around the world for a large charter company. If you ever want to do an ocean crossing, give me a shout and I am sure we can fit you in on a trip from Cape Town to the Caribbean or US. John
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Hi John, Deliverys on Catamarans are exactly what Diana and I would like to do for more experience.....Let me know how to get in touch with you for details.. We are available mostly from November thru March because of my Seasonal Business. Diana is very strong and capable. and a great cook to boot.

We look forward to hearing more....

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To be honest Matt's comment is very depressing. I am 40 now and also look to go sailing late 50's - 60's just dont have the money to do it any other way. Have sailed before when I was in my 20's and that was what lit the spark. Can we hear from folks that are sailing in their 60's. I suppose one wants to be real but jeez thats killing a lot of dreams. Matt just took the wind out of my sails.

Can someone suggest a good dingy to start, something that doesn't capsize to easy as the crocodiles in the local lake are bigish. I saw sunfish and lasers bandied about does anyone have an opinion?
You need to be able to right a capsized dinghy. Most people I have taught (and I am not suggesting you are one of these people)are scared of the boat heeling until they have been through the capsize process.

I would also suggest that the best thing anyone can do to discover sailing and how suited you are to it, is to get a bit of experience in fair weather and then go on a passage of some sort an see how you feel about getting bounced round in heavy weather.

There is nothing that finds out people more quickly than spending 4-5 days wet, cold, tired and possibly sick. If you get through it and want more, then the good days are like a dream.
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The problem with righting a capsized dinghy in African waters is the crocodiles might get you before you're back up! I can sympathize with Matt. Better to go to the local boat club and see what they are sailing, maybe offer to crew on somebody's boat.
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The problem with righting a capsized dinghy in African waters is the crocodiles might get you before you're back up! I can sympathize with Matt. Better to go to the local boat club and see what they are sailing, maybe offer to crew on somebody's boat.
Well it would teach you to do it quickly
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We have a similar problem with big hungry lizards here in Darwin..We have very, very good water skiers.
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