Originally Posted by DarkRiderTommy
I've never sailed but it sounds extremely cool, and I heard this girl younger than me sailed around the world. So I was wondering how much something like that would cost and stuff, and what sort of training do you need? Where can you learn to sail? I live in Toronto which is not near the ocean. Please let me know and many thanks!
I would do something similar to what skipmac suggested:
A) Get a book and learn the basic parts
of the boat, misc sail names and misc words like tack, gybe, port, starboard, . . .
B) Get a crew spot on some local racing/cruising boat.
C) Start reading lots. There's no reason to get into the intracacies of sailing until you have done it some. Until you have a frame of reference for a lot of the material you read it won't sink in and you will have to read it again one you have some practical experience.
Option #2 is to get into a dinghy
program at a local yacht club like cal40john suggested.