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Old 02-04-2010, 05:40   #1
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Talking Goodbye, Cruel World...I'm Going Sailing !

Well folks, the time has finally come. We're off to Key Largo for a 7 day sailing adventure. This will be a learning vacation, getting our ASA101-104 while staying onboard the whole week. Should be awesome as the weather channel shows sun and 80 all week down there. After this, who knows... this is our first step in knowing for sure if the sailing life is for us... Will let you know how it goes... Fair winds everyone....
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:18   #2
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Sounds wonderful. Have fun mate!
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:50   #4
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Your stay should be nice. I am 50 miles south on Big Pine and this IS our sailing time of the year.

Those real cold/cold front are letting up for great winds, cool nights, and great sailing.

Enjoy your stay!
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The weather report says no wind, lots of rain..... then lots of wind, no rain but snow (small amounts)...


Plus a tiny little hurricane..................


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Good Golly! We made it home after a wonderful 7 full days of sailing around the Keys. Saw the sun rise every morning and enjoyed watching it set in the evening! No rain, just sun and plenty of great breezes. Anchored out each night... once we stepped aboard, we didn't go back in for the full 7 days! It was a true joy to stay out for the whole week. I think I got a feel of what it's like to really be on an extended cruise.

My wife & I both passed my 101-104 tests and got loads of experience and insights while having one hell of a good time! One of the great things about this course and the instructor was that we were able to take our 12 year old daughter along with us. She wasn't able to take the tests, but she was with us the whole week learning all the ins & outs! Heck, I think she picked up most of it faster than her mom & I did. Kids soak this stuff up like a sponge...

The wife and I also talked on the way home last night and are going to start looking for a trailer-sailer that we can pull to the Chesapeake and such so we can get more experience and build on the lessons we just learned and broaden our horizons... Also think I will put the word out that we can be available to help out anyone on the weekends to get more experience as well. If anyone out that needs some crew some weekend in the upper Chesapeake area, drop me a line. There you go. I haven't been to bed in about 36 hours or so, so I am now officially tired and going to heave to now. Good night.
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Hey, Bill. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like you've all three have been bitten by the bug now, and you're going to be hopelessly addicted to sailing.

p.s. I've been to Charles Town, WV. Nice place!
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Way to go Bill!

Sounds like the Trailer Sailer might evolve to a 40 footer and another family might cruise off into those sunsets
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going to hove to for the night. I am going to remember that one. Sounds like the family had a great time. What kind of boat were the lessons on?......i2f
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going to hove to for the night. I am going to remember that one. Sounds like the family had a great time. What kind of boat were the lessons on?......i2f
We were on a Morgan 41. Really nice boat...lots of room!
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