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Old 03-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #15
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When I say the action is quicker in a dink. I mean to say that a dink will make a much better sailor out of you. Your understanding of how the boat will react to the touch on the tiller. Everything happens fast on a dinghy, so you are forced to be much more aware.

When I sailed to Mexico, and left my boat there. I would go to a small manmade lake in Oakland Ca.. There I would rent, and sail dinghies all day long. So much fun, and the lake only being the size of a large shopping mall if not smaller. I did it just to sail.

Look around, and you might be surprised where you will find people sailing.
That's pretty much what i read a lot in most of sailing books and magazines. Most of them recommend sailing dinghy first and then move up.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:50 PM   #16
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I sailed several times on other people's boats. One of those was a 1 week trip to the Bahamas. I was very sick for the last 4 days, but had a great time anyway. Then I moved back home to S.F. Ca. I could see the whole bay from my porch. After a while I couldn't take it, and took lessons. 3 months for 4 hours every Sunday.

3 months later I bought a 30 ft. sloop. I sailed at first with my wife, and friends, but many times when my wife was working my friends wouldn't show up. I would eat my lunch on the boat, and watch the other boats sailing along. In less than a year my wife told me she may not choose to leave with me. All my dreams sank as quick as my heart did.

The next day I left work early, and drove down to Frolic. I started her motor, and let her warm up. With my stomache in my throat I slipped her lines, and went sailing ALONE. When I decided to return I could not get the boat to stay into the wind to get the sails down. I decided I would sail into the marina, and drop the sails. Once inside everything looked so CLOSE. I could see my slip way at the end of the fairway. I eased the main, and tightened the headsail. I kept pumping the headsail to maintain a slow speed. My dock was a very close hulled sail from the entrance. Once I turned a bit up wind the main was dead, and I finally released the headsail. Frolic glided into her slip, and nudged the dock. Mind you I kept the motor running just in case, but the moment I stepped onto the dock, and secured Folic. My life changed forever.

I started adding gear to the boat such as Radar, solar panel, new stove, etc.etc., and within 6 months I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge alone, and turned south to go see Mexico. A ll within 18 months, so take a step at a time, and be safe.......LIVE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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