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Old 12-13-2008, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hello from Calgary AB Canada. It is -23C and snowing.

While new to this forum I am not new to sailing. I started sailing in 1981 in Houston on a Tartan 10 racing on Galveston Bay. I have spent the past quarter century cruising / chartering mainly in the Pacific Northwest. Other areas in which I have sailed are Turkey, the Bahamas, Caribbean, and the Sea of Cortez. Offshore sailing has included Honolulu to BC and Newport to St Barthes via Bermuda. I have recently returned to some racing: Swiftsure, Van Isle 360 and some crewing on local San Juan 21's.

Most of my sailing these days is work. I retired from teaching 5 years ago. I love teaching and I love sailing, so the retirement plan was to combine the two. In 1991 I become an instructor and spent the next decade improving my skills and certification levels. I spend about 3 months each year teaching sailing / cruising. Three times a year I conduct an Advanced / Yachtmaster Offshore course around Vancouver Island.

In the off season I teach coastal Navigation and a couple of other theory courses. When I am not sailing I also teach computer courses and digital photography.

I find that following discussions on forums such as this that I am able to expand my knowledge.

I am especially interested in linking up with other instructors to share ideas and resources. As a service to my students and others I maintain a web site of sites associated with learning sailing. (http://www3.telus.net/jackdale/links.htm) If you have any suggestions, let me know. A posting on another discussion site led to this forum.

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A big, hearty "Welcome Aboard" to you Jack. It is great to have you join this friendly crew. You have a great deal to contribute here and we look forward to your words of wisdom.

Grab a beer (they are on "Gslabbert" this weekend) and make yourself at home.

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Welcome aboard to you and hopefully you are not as free with my beers as is Lighthouse. Oh what the hell, the Windhoek lagers are on me ...

Damn thought I had some, but it seems Lighthouse raided my bar ... Hope he gets a babalaas <sp>

The forum is a great place with friendly and well informed folks, so enjoy.
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Welcome to Cruiser Log Jack. You will find here not only a convivial group of sailors from around the world but also an ever expanding on line Cruising Guide.

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