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Old 20-04-2016, 23:07   #1
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Where to start!

Just ordered "Sailing for dummies". Going to order "The Annapolis Book of Seamanship" (Saw someone recommend it on this site"

I have only been out once. I looked into a few sailing schools but hit a wall. My current job leaves me with very little time. I am based in North Orange County California. Looking to track down a professional to hire to take me out and let me shadow on my days off. (will pay for time rendered) If anyone has any ideas. I would love to hear them.

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Old 21-04-2016, 02:35   #2
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Re: Where to start!

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Withay.

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Old 21-04-2016, 03:28   #3
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I simply studied this chart for a few minutes then learned on a Hobie 16. I also read a book on catamaran sailing by Phil Berman

I already had boating experience just not sailing experience
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Re: Where to start!

Get a couple of rides on someone else's boat. Ask questions. Observe how things are done.

You can teach yourself the basics. Read the wiki on how to sail. Watch a few youtube videos.

Rent a small boat like a Sunfish and practice on a few relatively calm (5-10 mph wind) days. Slowly build up until you learn to hold a close-haul tack "hiked out" so far that you have a foot on the daggerboard UNDER the keel. (those were fun times)

Flip the little boat a few times... they pop back up easily enough. You'll learn how it feels when its about to go over.
Learn to prevent the flip by letting out the main sheet (rope controlling the sail) and/or turning to unload the sail.

Read up on what it means to "tack" or "Jibe" (Gibe) Tacking is pretty safe. A Jibe can break things and kill people if done wrong.
On the Sunfish and similar a bad jibe can knock you out and over the side... Wear a life vest.

Get lessons if you go past appx 14 ft boat on the lake in fairly calm water.

RENT a few boats to see what you can handle and if you really like it. Too many people buy, sail once and leave the boat tied to the pier to rot.
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Old 21-04-2016, 06:00   #5
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Try looking for racing organizations. Many teams don't require you to have skill, sometimes just the ability to show up will get you a spot. You will learn fast!

Good luck, don't give up.


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