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Old 05-09-2009, 16:50   #1
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Smile 1st Anniversary - I'm So Happy

Yes, that's true, tomorrow the 6th of September will mark my 1st year has a "sailor".

Back in 2008 I decided that it was time to start to learn sailing and on the 6th of September I enrolled in a basic sailing course and had my 1st sailing lesson. Tomorrow I will be starting an advanced course and in 2 months I will be doing a Cruisers Course.

Since then I have been sailing all the weekends I can and have learned the art in some different boats (G7.25, Dufour 34, Grand Soleil 40...). During this year I also got my Local Skipper license (mandatory in Portugal if you want to sail by yourself) and soon I will start my classes for the Coastal Skipper license.

I'm completely hooked on sailing. I've been reading tons of books, magazines, web sites...I start my day thinking about sailing boats and I go to bed and I dream about sailing.

I decided to make a sabatical year from my own company (a marketing and management company specialized in motorsports - quite a different world!) just to have my weekends of sailing and to have time to read, to learn and to concentrate on sailing.

Sailing has changed me. The smells, the sounds, the motion, the elements, all so diferent and so unique from those that we are used from...land.

It's been 1 year since I have made this decision that real changed my life, or at least the way I now see life.
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Old 05-09-2009, 17:35   #3
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I'm completely hooked on sailing. I've been reading tons of books, magazines, web sites...I start my day thinking about sailing boats and I go to bed and I dream about sailing.

Sailing has changed me. The smells, the sounds, the motion, the elements, all so diferent and so unique from those that we are used from...land.
That sounds familiar

Congratulations on your first anniversary Don't forget you have to run aground and fall overboard before you can call yourself a real sailor
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Old 05-09-2009, 20:58   #4
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Wow, great post DarkBlue
Happy anniversay...
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:13   #6
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Nice to hear that DarkBlue...happy first year!
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1st Anniversary - Beaufort 6

Another great Sunday afternoon and what a better way to commemorate my 1st Anniversary!
First 2 hours with 20 knots of wind N, Genoa+Main with 1 reef on. Last 2 hours with Beaufort 6 and growing, Genoa out+Main with 3 reefs on! Lots of Hobie Cats upside down.

Thank yoy for your posts idpnd, ColdFusion, Chief Engineer, Ocean Girl and James S

ColdFusion, I almost followed your advice

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Thanks for the video. Happy Anniversary! May another 50 be just around the corner!
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May another 50 be just around the corner!
Hummm another 50...that would make me a 92 years old sailor
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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the video! We are at a marina with free internet so I got to look at it! Yippee!


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Hummm another 50...that would make me a 92 years old sailor

That seems like a nice goal!!!
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If you are going to be addicted to something. It might as well be something that will improve your health, and outlook on life. Congradulations, and thanks for the video. It looked like a great sail.......i2f
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