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Old 24-11-2010, 08:04   #1
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Available for Chesapeake and East Coast

I am a 57, healthy and active guy, residing in Vienna, VA, just outside Washington, DC. I am ASA certified for a bareboat charter as of September 2010. The certification came from a week's sail aboard a 50 ft. Beneteau in the San Juan Islands, Washington State. In 2009, I crewed a 50 ft C&C Landfall up the East coast from W. Palm Beach to Beaufort N.C..--mostly motor sailing. I have day-sailed once on a 34 ft. Jenneau (I think) and once on a 28 ft. Pacific Seacraft on the Chesapeake. About 40 years ago, I completed a two week Annapolis Sailing School course with a week aboard a 22 ft O'Day (without an instructor). Except for occasional hobie cat rentals at the beach, over the next 40 years, I forgot everying I leaned as I worked to build a law practice. Only in the last two years have I returned to sailing.

I am currently signed up in the BVI for my first bareboat charter from April 16 to April 23. Before I put my wife, kid, and relatives at risk, I want to get some more experience.

I do not consider myself an experienced seaman. I still have to think when cleating off a line and knots do not come quickly. While the ASA course taught paper charting and plotting, surprisingly I have had no experience with a chart plotter. I know, how could a 50 ft boat not have a chart plotter, but it did not. Only a hand-held gps was available when it worked, but that is the nature of sailing: things don't always work but you make do. I do work, however, and I am a hard worker. I am conscienous on watch and I make a mean sandwich.

Because I work for myself, I can be pretty flexible. I am available any time after January 8, 2011. My preference is for East Coast/Chesapeake trips of a week to a week and 1/2 duration.

Thanks for the time spent reading this missive.
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