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Old 05-12-2011, 23:06   #1
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Weekend Sailing South Carolina

Greetings from a newbie. I'm doing all I can to learn the theory behind sailing, and I really need some practical experience if I am going to fulfill my dream of sailing through the Caribbean, the P. Canal, and on to the S. Pacific. Does anyone have a suggestion for finding weekend trips along the South Carolina coast as a deck hand to learn how to sail? What about other inexpensive ways to learn when you're living 300 miles from an ocean?
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Re: Weekend Sailing South Carolina

Welcome to CF, Iron Gall.

What I'd do in your shoes is buy a used Sunfish, Laser or even a 16' Hobie Cat, and teach myself to sail on a nearby lake. That's the quickest way to develop basic sailing skills.
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Welcome aboard the Cruisers Forum, Iron Gall. I agree with Hud, and perhaps you could find someone who needs crew in a race, on a short trip, or even a passage. Hope your dream comes true!
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Re: Weekend Sailing South Carolina

Hi IG, My wife and I live here is S.C. and have the problem. We have joined a saling club and taken the ASA clases. The advantage of a club is you can use their boats and there is no capitol investment or maintainance on your part. Pm me and I can give you the name if our club and costs.
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Joining a club is great advice. I have had several opportunities for deliveries come my way thanks to club members. Depending on how active the club is, you will find a wealth of experience to help you learn.

If you want the names of clubs in the upstate portion of South Carolina send me an email.
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Thanks everyone for the friendly responses. Unfortunately as a new forum member I cannot yet send private emails. Would you who mentioned clubs kindly post your club's name and website? I'll be sure to check it out.
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Re: Weekend Sailing South Carolina

I live in the upstate but have daughter in Gainsville, Ga., so we are a member of the Lanier Saling Academy Passport Saling Club on lake Lanier. There is a Lanier club on lake Murry I think. There are other clubs on Hartwell. Google saling clubs and or visit some marinia's and you get some information. I was very supprised at the low cost of being a member, less than my golf club.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Iron Gall.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Iron Gall.
Thanks for the welcome. Hope to wave some day to everyone as we cross paths on the water.
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