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Old 31-08-2009, 11:03   #16
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Wow I am literally loling! For getting started "Sailing For Dummies" can't be beat. I think Annapolis is a bit heady for a beginner. I also recommend this web sight to everyone.www.sailingcourse.com
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I think Annapolis is a bit heady for a beginner.
It seems great to me so far...lots info which is what I was hoping for. Thankfully it's got a large glossary of terms.
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Before you start reading the many of the excellent books recommended above. I suggest you go through the free eLearning lessons on www.ashoreschool.com . The only reason I suggest this because many of the books assume a fairly high sailing vocabulary, which most beginners do not have. Ashoreschool.com takes a building block approach. Let's you do the lessons at your pace, and prepares you for instructor lead classes in your area or around the world.
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Thanks, I'll check that out too. Man, I wish it was spring already, cuz I'm looking forward to my first sailing course already. Can't come fast enough.
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Before you start reading the many of the excellent books recommended above. I suggest you go through the free eLearning lessons on www.ashoreschool.com . The only reason I suggest this because many of the books assume a fairly high sailing vocabulary, which most beginners do not have. Ashoreschool.com takes a building block approach. Let's you do the lessons at your pace, and prepares you for instructor lead classes in your area or around the world.

Thanks for that link! Looks like a perfect place to start.
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It seems great to me so far...lots info which is what I was hoping for. Thankfully it's got a large glossary of terms.
It will have diagrammatical pics of sailboats with all their parts named - all the sails, lines, halyards, etc. everywhere on the boat.

It's been quite a while, but I imagine it has a detailed glossary.

It was perfect for a beginner when we had it, and it is small and cheap - doesn't weigh down the boat or hurt your checkbook. we never left the dock without it.

Get one at the used book store for a couple of dollars. You won't cry in your beer if it gets wet or falls overboard.

verrrry basic. tells you how to adjust sails for each point of wind, how to anchor (had to pull the book out and use it one night for just this purpose) and every other newbie thing you can think of.

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Before you start reading the many of the excellent books recommended above. I suggest you go through the free eLearning lessons on www.ashoreschool.com . The only reason I suggest this because many of the books assume a fairly high sailing vocabulary, which most beginners do not have. Ashoreschool.com takes a building block approach. Let's you do the lessons at your pace, and prepares you for instructor lead classes in your area or around the world.
I gotta say it again...this link is absoulultely terrific! A fantastic way to blow through all the terminology in an understandable way...building blocks, like you said. Now I can pick up the Annapolis book and understand more fully when they make casual references to hanks, and turnbuckles and things. lol.
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Glad you liked it. We were exactly where you are, and the website came about as a result of the our own prep for the ASA 101, 103, and 104 classes. Marilyn's a technical writer, I am software guy... we knew there had to be a easier way to learn this stuff... and there was... we just had to build it, and since I hate ads on websites, (Sorry Google) its ad free.

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It was perfect. Like I said, it makes my sailing guide much more readable now. Good work to you both.
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