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Old 06-05-2015, 03:15 AM   #1
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Recently retired from a 60 hour a week job for 43 years and now have some time to learn a new trick. bought a Nordica 16 to learn on and will be sailing inland lakes in Wisconsin. If I read" Shrimpy " a few more time perhaps I will try the great lakes.
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Best of luck with your learn-to-sail project!
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:34 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your new career: sailing!.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:58 PM   #4
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Hi! I am about to retire. Would like to go sailing. I have never sailed before. Had you sailed before or taken sailing courses?
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:41 AM   #5
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most large towns like las vegas have a US power squadron group or a sailing club. very often those organizations run introduction to sailing classes where you'd meet people with boats who need crew. you could also look into professional groups such as American Sailing association which offer week-long courses in learn to sail in Florida, Calif, the caribbean. google learn to sail and lots of courses will come up. those are great courses, but expensive, and you are unlikely to meet local las vegas sailors there..

good luck in finding an intro ealing course somewhere !
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take courses, and start with dinghies. Self-taught sailors often have weak spots
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Self-taught sailors often have weak spots


You suck SO Bad, up until now I had NO idea I could possibly have any sort of weak spot (beyond chocolate ). I can't find the "cry" icon, so here's the "drinks" icon next time you are in Kemah I'll put some tears in your beer.
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I thought this was a gentleman's forum- Sorry, I'have chosen the wrong place
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Giorgio, since your post doesn't have any >smilies< or >grins< I am going to assume you are serious.
MY SINCEREST APOLOGIES FOR UPSETTING YOU BY JOKING WITH YOUR POST.
And I retract my invitation to drink beer with you.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:56 PM   #10
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There are two ways to learn how to sail: Trial and Error, and it is imperative to learn from the errors of others since life is too short to make them all yourself. It is easy to teach yourself how to sail - combine actual sailing and reading books - much more can be learned from mistakes than having someone tell you how to do it correctly the first time, but that requires you enjoy, or are at least comfortable, making mistakes. Courses work for some people, I've had the ASA courses but wouldn't do it again.

To get good you really need to personally learn from skilled sailors. The big difference between courses and learning from experienced sailors is that in a class it is one teacher and several students, going out with other sailors there is you and one or more "teachers". Don't worry about making mistakes in front of experienced sailors, they won't come after you with the rule book, well, most of them won't. I'm fortunate to currently be living among a large group of world class sailors (one of my neighbors has been in the Olympics once and another twice) everyone knows I don't know how to sail and they are all extremely generous with their help.

Giorgio gives good advice to start out with dinghies (any small boat) - big boats are impressively easy to sail - to sail a little boat you *really* need to know what you are doing. Me and my big boat have 10 years and 10,000 miles together ... and I don't have the skills to sail across my harbor in an Opti. There is a HUGE, very active racing scene here and I've been crewing on race boats for several years, which is great fun, but the race boats are so complicated I haven't learned much about sailing from that.

Teach yourself, take classes, learn from others, it all works. Don't worry about weak spots, being really good only matters if you are racing or not sailing in protected waters, the most important thing is to have fun!
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Hi AnaLog,
I probably misunderstood your reply, and I'm sorry for that. I'm and old school guy, not very fluent in smiles and grins. But I will definitely buy you a beer when we'll meet in Kemah.

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