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Old 17-11-2015, 13:08   #1
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Colorado Newbie

Hello. I'm Veto. I grew up in Michingan, but aside from a few day sails, I am a complete newbie. That being said, I'm entertaining the idea of retiring on a sailboat and exploring the world around me. I am a huge Patrick O'Brian Master and Commander fan and would love to recreate some of his routes if possible. This won't be happening soon. I'll be 49 next month, but I'm hoping to learn how to sail in the meantime, gain some knowledge and see if this is indeed the life for me. I hope to at least be semi-retired in 7-8 years. Any other POB fans out there?



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Old 17-11-2015, 13:38   #2
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Hi hi Coloradoveto. Im in westminster. I am pretty newish to sailing too. I started at 43. Its not too late! Im still a "newbie"

Get your self a boat. Any small sailing sloop will do. Use it! Practice sailing as much as you can. There are several instructors in sailing along the front range (if you are there). And you can take sailing lessons or get your ASA on Blue Mountain reservoir too.

If you are in the FC area, the Carter Lake sailing club is very active. Head up there on race days and crew!

Lake sailing, especially mountain lake sailing is very different from ocean sailing. But you will learn the basics and have a great time.

Just do it!

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Old 17-11-2015, 20:21   #3
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We are in Durango. We bought a boat in Mexico 10 years ago, although neither of us had EVER sailed at all, nor even thought of it. [long story]. Got a two hour lesson and went out for 18 months in Sea of Cortez and west coast Mexico. Loved it.

A friend gave us the complete POB set in hardback, and he knew what small cruisers were like, so we knew they had to be good. We loved them, read them on our respective night watches over the 18 months.

It is a great book series, and a great way of life.

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Old 17-11-2015, 20:52   #4
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If CO had an ocean nearby, I'd still be there

Good luck and all the best.
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New here too (well been lurking for a while), and live in Colorado as well (west Denver area). Victoria Sailing School offers lessons and ASA certification as well as a time share-type program that's cheaper than what a slip would cost you. If you get your basic certification you can use boats on 4 different lakes through the program. We plan on doing it next year when we finish 103.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, MV, & mtnjunkie.
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For those in the Denver area, there is a very active sailing/racing club on Cherry Creek Reservoir.
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Old 18-11-2015, 05:44   #8
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Lots of sailing going on in Colorado.

Check out Sailing Association of Intermountain Lakes (SAIL)

SAIL is the umbrella group for all Colorado clubs, and the best place for checking schedules and making contacts.

Check out the SAIL Winter Seminars, starting 20 January, in Denver. A good way to meet other sailors from around the state at Brooklyn's near Mile High.

Major clubs, all open for new members with our without boats....

Denver Sailing Association

Carter Lake Sailing Club - It's All About Sailing & Fun

Dillon Yacht Club - Sailing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Aspen Yacht Club Home

All have regattas, programs for beginners, kids sailing, etc.

Active One-Design Fleets include J-22s, J-24s, Utimate 20s, Etchells, and there are lots of racing Capri 22 and Catalina 22s.

Caribbean chartering is a plane ticket away. Lots of us do it, including Caribbean racing.

Time to get off the beach...

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Hey, I'm in Colorado as well and will be taking lessons next year as well. Just started to think about this but I am excited!

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Who knew there were so many Colorado sailors! Welcome all
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What a wonderful welcome. Thank you all! I look forward to learning and hopefully meeting some of you!!

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