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Old 07-06-2009, 19:02   #1
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Just Back from ASA 101 & 103

I have been lurking here for a while.

My wife and I just got done at Stockton Lake, MO with ASA 101 & 103. It was our first "real" sailing experience.

First day hardly any wind.

Second day way too much wind. We were reefed in the whole day.

Third day, we were reefed in most of the day and then let everything out to go on a broad reach with full wings out.

Number one thing I learned, I need a lot more practice before I go down to the Caribbean. It was a lot of fun. However, the first time you hit that 30 degree heel, it is a bit tense.

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I have a 34 foot wooden ketch where I have been at 45 degrees 5 miles from shore off Monterey Bay Ca. The boat would actually turn up into the wind to tell me to reef but I did not have a clue.. Oh by the way make sure your port lights are secured. Good jog, the most important advice is always bring your crew home safe. USN Retired
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Yeah, the heeling for me was a little intense. My wife loved it however. Which is odd if you knew us. I think for me it is a matter of trust. Knowing that the boat is not going to flip or anything.

Now we just need to make friends with some local sailors that will let us crew. Easier said than done, I would expect. We will see.
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You have to start somewhere, and ASA lessons is a good place. BEST WISHES in finding a boat to jump onto for more sailing time. You can always buy a small inexpensive boat, Cal 20, etc, etc, learn, and get your money back when it's time to move onto a larger boat if that becomes your wishes.........i2f
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