That's what I am, a real beginner. I've never even been on a sailboat yet! But I've never had a bad day on the water and recently I've been attracted to sailing. I'm writing you from Malaysia and I'm considering postponing my plane ticket to Europe in order to attend the boat show in Phuket in December.
I came across this site, browsing after I'd replied to a flyer advertising "shared expenses" cruising. I'm glad I did. After reading the forum posts, I'm convinced there's a better way.
I hope you see me on the water someday!