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Old 23-09-2008, 17:54   #1
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11 years ago

Hello all.
11 years ago I was another happy wanna-be-sailor. So I decided to start learning about the art of sailing: how to start the "engine" of that thing; how to change directions and where are the indicator lights??; how to put more speed; how to stop when at full speed (by the way, where's the ABS?? what, no Airbags??), etc. Then after 6 months of sailing I took my "boat driving" license. Those were great times and I got the sailing virus all over me. But then (and there's always an annoying "but") because of my professional activity I was invited to work in another country, with no sea or lakes around, and more important, my two daughters were born. And my sailing went on a forced stand by...
Now I'm 41 yrs old and, 11 years after my 1st and last sailing experience I'm back in action and I'm an happy wanna-be-sailor again! I will be relearning to sail a boat (a Golfiņo G7.25 - a safe, funny and damn fast boat!!) for the next months and hopefully this time I will be ending up with my Captain license and my own boat
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Old 23-09-2008, 18:09   #2
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Good for you! And now you've even got crew with your young family to help sail your "deam-boat". Good luck to ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 23-09-2008, 18:46   #3
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Good luck with your plan and welcome aboard. Plenty of good advice to be had here!
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Old 23-09-2008, 18:54   #4
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Now I'm 41 yrs old and, 11 years after my 1st and last sailing experience I'm back in action and I'm an happy wanna-be-sailor again!
We get here by different ways. If it will help you have the jump on me. I didn't start until I was older than you are now. There is nothing to be gained by waiting so at least it came back around and you are back at it. keep up the effort and for all the issues you may want to ask about or share with us please post them here. Lots of people just starting and many that have been there before. We need all those people to keep the place going.
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Old 23-09-2008, 21:08   #5
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Very similar story to me. Sailed as a kid. Flew as a teen. Worked as an adult.

Now sailing again for the last two years and have committed to myself that there are no more landlocked harbors in my future. Life's too short.

The last 2 years, introducing my son to sailing, has been absolutely awesome. I am convinced the responsibility and intelligence he needs to sail his laser around our waters will make him a more responsible teen and eventually a fine man.

(That's my story and I am sticking to it - LOL)

BTW - Where are you hailing from?
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Thank you all for your words.
Dan, I'm from Lisbon, Portugal.
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WELCOME, and better late than never!
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Welcome Dark Blue, and congratulations on discovering at least a temporary cure for your 'virus'. Like Malaria, it can remain dormant for awhile, but it never completely disappears. In fact, as time goes on you will find that the required treatments become more and more elaborate and expensive.

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