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Old 22-06-2008, 10:36   #1
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Sailing Lessons?

My name is Jason and I have never sailed before, but am immensely interested. My long-time girl friend told me we could purchase a boat next year if I took some lessons, so I am posting to ask if anybody could recommend somewhere to take a couple of lessons over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend/week in the Boston, MA area, or in New Hampshire/Southern Maine as I will be up in the area visiting family. I would like to get out on the water to experience sailing for the first time. I know I can look on the internet or in the phone book for "sailing lessons", but I am interested to know if anybody would recommend somebody in particular, or if anybody would know somebody I could pay to take me out for a couple of afternoons? Please feel free to e-mail me at jdeluisa@yahoo.com

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Old 22-06-2008, 23:23   #2
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My long-time girl friend told me we could purchase a boat next year if I took some lessons,
She's a keeper then and she is also rare. Don't lose her. Sorry I can't help you with the rest.
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My wife told me I coudn't have a boat.

I mean ex-wife...

We have lots of northeast sailors here. Someone will pipe in soon. You've touched a sympathy nerve by having such an awesome girlfriend.
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Check out these excellent on-line sailing lessons, designed to help familiarize you with basic aspects of sailing.

Section 1:
Spinnaker Sailing Course= Lesson1

Section 2:
Spinnaker Sailing Online Sailing Course = Section 2
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Learning about large boat sailing can be split into several sections

Learning to sail - i.e. use the sails to move the boat.

Learning to operate the boat when other vessels are in the same piece of ocean (known as the "International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea" -IRPCS)

Learning to Navigate (Coastal)

Learning the lights, shapes and sound signals that are used by different vessels to signify different things.

Learning to navigate offshore

Learning about weather

Learning what to do in bad weather

Learning about provisioning for long distance sailing.


These are the basics!

A good way to start on the use of sails is by dinghy - its cheaper, and the response to doing the wrong thing is much more obvious!

A lot of the rest can be done by classroom or distance learniing followed by experience at sea. There have been a number of posts recently on here about what to do in bad weather! and there are a number of very good books available to cover the last three.

A girlfriend who wants to sail - jeez you dont know how lucky you are
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