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Old 23-06-2015, 09:18   #16
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Couple of decades ago I asked a guy to teach me to sail. He said he would, but first he had to teach me to relaminate the fore deck of his Hunter. Got marrIed 8 months later. It's one way to learn......
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Good for you. Keep sailing, and keep pushing your comfort zone. Remember, this supposed to be fun, whether you're racing, cruising or just out "messing about in boats". Keep it that way, and you may have a lifetime of pleasure.

The critics are those few who climbed into a boat at age 5, and became AC quality skippers in moments. I've instructed junior and adult sailing for beginners and intermediates off and on for some decades, and never met one of those fortunate few.
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Old 23-06-2015, 11:46   #18
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Couple of decades ago I asked a guy to teach me to sail. He said he would, but first he had to teach me to relaminate the fore deck of his Hunter. Got marrIed 8 months later. It's one way to learn......
Doesn't sound like white washing the fence.
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So glad to know I am not the only one
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Took and passed ASA 101 and put in a few hours of solo practice on a "non-navigable" lake during my summer vacation. I can see sail trim is an art form that needs a LOT of practice.

Give me another 97 hours of 10kt winds and I might have a pretty good idea of what to do.
Good Job edselby, we can never have enough sailors
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Avast edselby!
Just use my patented 3 step process and you'll become a pro in no time.
1) sail,
2) sail,
3) sail...
... after all some of my best friendships were made running into my neighbor's boat in the marina

Seriously, my photography instructor long ago said the best way to take good photos is to take a lot of photos. Light wind, heavy wind, no wind, rain, snow, hot, cold, with friends, solo... you get the idea. Hope you have fun.
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Avast edselby!
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Seriously, my photography instructor long ago said the best way to take good photos is to take a lot of photos. Light wind, heavy wind, no wind, rain, snow, hot, cold, with friends, solo... you get the idea. Hope you have fun.
Interestingly, that is exactly what my first photography teacher told me, too.

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On a Friday afternoon in 1989, I headed off to Catalina Island from Dana Point Harbor in a 20' sailboat that I owned for less than a week and sailed 3 times prior. Albeit, I sailed dinks growing up, this was my first real boat. I learned a lot on that trip and survived. It was a list of things not to do, but a successful trip is one that your boat is back tied up to her dock at the end of it. Once moored in Avalon, I was entertainment for the other more experienced sailors, but not one of them didn't offer friendly advice and further encouragement and help in every way they could.

There should always be compassion for people with a passion to sail, no matter where they are on their journey.

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Couple of decades ago I asked a guy to teach me to sail. He said he would, but first he had to teach me to relaminate the fore deck of his Hunter. Got marrIed 8 months later. It's one way to learn......
Irony. Anyone who remembers Dana Point in the late 80's through the 90's may remember a beautiful blue hulled Cherubini 44 ketch owned by a scruff old guy by the name of Joe Meluso. I helped sand, varnish and paint that boat more times than I can remember, but Joe Meluso was probably the best mentor anyone could ask for. He would never just give a man a fish, but would not hesitate to drop everything he was doing to teach him to fish for himself.
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