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Old 20-05-2018, 11:52   #1
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wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

Hi everybody,
I hope I'm on the right forum.
I'm 73 as my wife. Me: good experience with dinghies 50 years ago in France!
She: none.
Me: very fit and agile (5'4" - 125 lbs). She: a non complaining non participating crew.


Goal: chartering a some 30' sloop for 2 or 3 days with a skipper (Chesapeake Bay or RI/Maine coast). We would anchor at night. I would steer and tack under skipper guidance. Skipper would be gallant enough to field newbie questions.


I have never sailed on a keel boat but I know something about it thru my intense readings on this site and my magazines and my visit at boat shows (Newport an Annapolis). I contemplate buying a 30'-35' cruising boat soon... YES (at my age!!).


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I have tried googling the myriad charter boat sites and I got lost.


Thanks and great sailing to all.
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Old 20-05-2018, 14:01   #2
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Certainly, there are many ways to get your sailing gig going. Perhaps try to keep things simple first, you can take a 5-day sailing course with your wife in one of the sailing schools near Annapolis.


https://www.annapolissailing.com/
Maryland School of Sailing; Chesapeake, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda


After that, you can hang around the sailing clubs regularly. There are always boats that need crews...... LOL
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Old 20-05-2018, 16:32   #3
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

Thanks to you I found out that the Annapolis Sailing School has an open house next Saturday (5/26).... Will be there.



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Certainly, there are many ways to get your sailing gig going. Perhaps try to keep things simple first, you can take a 5-day sailing course with your wife in one of the sailing schools near Annapolis.


https://www.annapolissailing.com/
Maryland School of Sailing; Chesapeake, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda


After that, you can hang around the sailing clubs regularly. There are always boats that need crews...... LOL
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Old 20-05-2018, 16:59   #4
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Yeah, I highly recommend you to take the formal sailing course like ASA or US Sailing course. They are very orgainized, structural and complete. Those courses lay a good fundation for you before working with other captian and boat owner.



So take 101, 103 and 104. then evaluation your next step.



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Old 21-05-2018, 09:00   #5
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

You might want to try the ASA live aboard schools.
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Old 21-05-2018, 09:04   #6
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In RI or MA coast I highly recommend Black Rock Sailing School at Home - Black Rock Sailing School. Private lessons available. I learned to sail with these guys years ago and they are great. Captain Brenton is still at it.
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Old 21-05-2018, 09:13   #7
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You might want to try the ASA live aboard schools.
OK, I have to jump in here since I own V.I. Sailing School and that is what we do. I will suggest this about your "non complaining" other 1/2. The trick is COMFORT. So I would start with something a bit larger than a 30' keel boat. The good think about ASA is that when you take a class through 104, you can be the capt of your own charter boat. Best of luck with whomever you choose.

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Old 21-05-2018, 09:23   #8
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

If my boat, a Nonsuch 30, was in NE I would be glad to take you aboard for a week. I am in Daytona Beach, and not much here but go up and down the ditch(Intercoastal Waterway). Have you tried any of the local Sailing or Yacht Clubs? I am sure that there are some boat owners who want to do what you want to do. Look for a good cook! try this web site: http://www.yachtclub.com/usycs/massyc1.html
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

I am in RI. East Greenwich but will be going to Maine in late July in a race from Marblehead to Boothbay where I own a house with a mooring My boat is a j-100 (33’)with a bowsprit. It is one full day to Boothbay and one full day to Marblehead from E. Greenwich and the leg from Marblehead to BB is a race.
Let me know if you are interested.

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Old 21-05-2018, 11:43   #10
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I had great experience with the Chesapeake Sail Club (chesapeakesailclub.com) where you can get a year's sailing, advice, instruction and comradeship for the price of a weeks take-it-or-leave-it charter. Contact Tom and tell him what you are looking for.
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

Dear ferrailleur,


Correct me if i'm wrong, but between the lines i am reading that you are looking for a way to convince your girl that sailing is your, and could be her, second love in this live. Or in worst case a hobby you can grow old with.



If that's the case and end of august in the Ionian sea fits you agenda for a day or two, pm me b&b on us.


Why this offer ?



Only the madly in love dare (deserve) to wander.


Awaiting reply,


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Old 21-05-2018, 12:29   #12
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I am in Grenada. Come here or fly me there and I will train you for 5 days . Theory and practical. Ex instructor.
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You see,


Love ignites. Pick your pick and GO.



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Old 21-05-2018, 20:20   #14
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

Problem is finding a boat for less than a week. Best bet would be a crewed yacht willing to take you for a few days. Ever think about the BVI? Wife would probably love that. There are a few small yachts with captain who cooks available.
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Re: wanted: 2-3 days of sailing with skipper

Hello Ferrailleur,
Sent you a private message.
Thinking can help you achieve your goal.
Thank you,
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