Originally Posted by mira
Hello to all!
I've always dreamed to sail, but this year decided to finally do something about it. I am planning to go on a training course on a yacht in Ukraine and then look for opportunities to sail locally and further abroad as I gain some experience.
I also started saving for a boat (long time will be needed) but maybe in two-three years i can afford a small and used one
Glad to be here
Good idea to start with a training course. And maybe it is not necessary to do this in a commercial sailing school that costs alot of money. Are there sport clubs or do the local universities and colleges have sailing departments? The big advantage there is that you don't just take part in a course that ends with a certificate. It is more a long term membership with the potential to meet many other people with same the same idea: sailing!
Especially when learning how to sail the community you do it within is important and decides, if you do the sailing as a long term activity.
Here in the saturated western societies this changed over the last decades: Learning how to sail is done in well organized commercial sailing schools that hand out certificates and that enables the newly baked skipper to charter a sailing yacht for a week or two and that's it.
It's far better to start out small and local, getting to know people, maybe they have a (small) boat that needs a hand on the sheets and soon you are part of the community.
Is there any sailing done on the lake north of Kiev/Kyvi? From the satellite's view (Google) it looks quite nice!
In the last two decades (since the opening of the iron curtain) I found most impressive how young saylors from Poland, Russia and the Ukraine realized their dream of sailing: with sturdy, mostly self built yachts, with basic equipment, sailing the Med and western European waters! Obviously not the amount of money decided, it is more the spirit and endurance that got them (and hopefully you) on the water!