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Old 05-06-2011, 15:46   #1
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Anyone willing to teach??

Hey! My name is Ariel, im 17 and i live just outside of Toronto. I dont have any sailing experience but it has been my dream to learn for the past 8 years! If anyone has a boat around toronto area and is willing to share their knowledge, im very eager to learn and id love to hear from you!! Thanks! =)

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Old 05-06-2011, 15:53   #2
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Hey Ariel
I love it when young people take to sailing - the more the better.
I encouraged my son to do a delivery on one if the charter boats as crew.
If you stay in contact with them an show enthusiasm, they will include you in one if their deliveries.
My son really Learned a lot that way, and got to see different parts of the world as a result.
He was 20 but started chatting to various delivery companies at age 18.
It's a great way to get into the scene

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Thats great! Thanks so much!
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Re: Anyone willing to teach??

Ariel, not familiar with the Toronto area, but here's a few tips that apply in most cases: Check out any yacht clubs; they almost always have youth programs; you can also check with clubs to see if they have beer can races (these are low-key races, usually after work). Sailors will often take on extra crew for "rail meat" (crew who basically hang on the uphill side to balance the boat out. It can be wet, but great fun. Eventually, you'll get on a boat you like (crew and skipper-wise), you'll learn a lot, and as you progress you'll get handed more responsibility. Also, check for educational programs; the USCG and the US Power Squadron both have free classes (ground school only) that teach the basics re: rules, basic techniques, etc. Hope that helps.
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