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Old 10-17-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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Greetings Sailors!

Mind if we pull up a chair? We're Dave & Amy, and very happy to find this community called Cruiser Log!

We're still kind of involved in "regular life", but are new empty-nesters and are now finding more and more time to pursue what we remember we loved: the ocean and sailing. We're hoping to listen in and learn from all of you, since we're pretty overstuffed at this point with "book knowledge" and need to get out and feel the wind, swells and spray -- or at least learn from those of you who do.

Our big sailing adventure, each year, is currently a week-long flotilla charter in Lake Huron's North Channel, skippering a boat with 8-10 highschoolers aboard from our church's youth group. Contrary to what you might be imagining, it's awesome and we love it! Beyond this adventure, we get some day sailing on Lake Michigan occasionally with our friend's Catalina 30 that we "babysit". We dream about what boat we might someday own and love as the transport to imagined -- and unimagined -- adventures.

This past January, Amy and I celebrated our 25th Aniversary by taking bareboat certification classes in the BVI -- Just the 2 of us. Such a big boat! No highschoolers! The marine life! It was fantastic!!! Now we're trying to rationalize how often, after a special 25th celebration, we should celebrate by sailing in the Caribbean? Would EVERY year be too often?

We're also hoping to take our 2 kids on a charter in the Aegean (maybe S. Cyclades?) as a "college graduation gift" (i.e. excuse for dream charter). Would love to hear of any recommendations for anchorages & sites.

We're excited to explore the forums! We'll be mostly learning from you, but we actually can contribute some if you're interested in how to manage guy/girl sleeping arrangements for 10 highschoolers on a Hunter 34. It CAN be done! Oh -- and Amy is AWESOME provisioning for that sort of crew, seriously!

Excited to get to know all of you,

Dave & Amy Werner
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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A hearty "welcome aboard" Dave and Amy. You are sure to enjoy your time on our very international and friendly forums.

Thanks for the great introduction - feels as if we know you already.

For your plans for Greece, get a feel for it from our CRUISING WIKI - the section on Greece (Click Here). One of our forum moderators ("Istioploos") is cruising there right now as well.

Make yourself at home and we hope to hear plenty from you.

Enjoy!
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Great introduction guys and welcome aboard.

You will find yourselves amongst friends in this amiable crew.

Enjoy yourselves here and prepare to make your dreams reality.

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Welcome! to our community. It sounds like great fun that you've had with the youth group And, your BVI adventure, too.

Enjoy the forums and please contribute where you can!

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Many thanks, Lighthouse, Nausikaa, and redbopeep!

I just viewed a sampling of the CRUISING WIKI for the Greek Islands. It is RICH with extensive and helpful information! So glad I'm getting a head start! Several months ago, I purchased a chart as well as the Cruising Handbook and Greek Waters Pilot. But seeing the photos in the WIKI and postings from recent visitors puts brings it really close.
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