Originally Posted by Sub Nate
Hey everyone, I'm here in Norfolk Virginia, and am trying to get into sailing, my problem is that I have no idea how to start, I went to the local marina looking at the sailtime instruction, and tried to meet some sailors to try to get answers and all they wanted to do was try to sell me fractional shares. And the people seemed stand offish and really didn't want anything to do with new people. Are cuisers a different kina of people then people who just due the boat time share thing because everthing I have read said cruisers were great acceptinging, helpful people. The people at that meeting didn't seem like that. And I'm really tired of people telling me its impossible for me to learn to sail well enough in 6 years to be able to move aboard a boat and and cruise
. I do have one route
I can try and that is getting lessons through the Navy
, maybe I can meet some sailors that way. But I'm open to any sugestions, and would greatly appreciate any advise. Sorry for venting a little on here but tonight was a bad experience and really discouraging. Hey if you made it this far thanks for reading this.
OK Nate... I suggest buying
an old style windsurfer and car topping it to a place where folks like to anchor
their boats... You can deliberately fall off close to boats... this usually evokes a remark off one kind or another... strike up a conversation... and before you know it they'll feel sorry coz you can only afford a W/surfer and sympathise with your desire to experience the real thing...
The windsurfer also serves to teach you a lot about windstrengths and angles for maximum efficiency... improves your balance and gets you fit for the "Real Thing"
This of course is conditional on you being physcally capable of the above... but I've found it puts you closer to them and its something many would secretly like to have a go at(between pints).... but think its to difficult...lol.
Thats how I learnt to windsurf... I'm sitting on the boat bored *hitless and this guy toppled of, said he was knackered so I said he was welcome to sit on board awhile... we cracked a coupla beers and I ended up having a go.... coupla weeks later I added a 'board' to the boats inventory.....
Phil... aka: Ole Bugga..