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Old 14-01-2013, 20:26   #1
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G'Day from another newby

Hi everyone.
I'm based in sunny QLD, Australia, in the South East at present.

As a kid and young teen, our family used to go cruising around the Townsville to Cairns area. Now in my 40's the sailing bug has found me.

I'm looking to take some sailing/marine courses this year to get up speed, thinking of joining the RQYS. Thoughts?

Planning on eventually buying a ~36ft cruiser with intention of grey nomading the Aussie coastline, a live aboard.
I've been quite reassured of the live aboard idea after finding this forum and reading about others.

Thanks
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Old 14-01-2013, 21:13   #2
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Hi QLDnewby and welcome. One of the best months of my life was spent in Port Douglas twenty years ago. Ever since I left I've wanted to go back. Good luck with your cruising!
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Old 14-01-2013, 22:28   #3
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G'Day Qnewby,

Welcome aboard the CF. I'm sure that you will get all the encouragement that you can stand here, so fire away with queries.

As to RQYS... if you are the clubby type, why not? But most certainly not necessary for the lifestyle that you propose. ONce out cruising, no one gives a damn about such things.

Cheers,

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Old 14-01-2013, 22:46   #4
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Hey Qnewby, Welcome.. suggest that before you go to great expense of joining, go & try with the Wednesday Afternoon sailors.. they are always looking for crew.. just turn up & go sailing & as they say "suck it & see".. good luck..
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:10   #5
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...thanks for the welcome people.

I mentioned the RQYS as a place mostly to get trained up.
As a youngster I helped dad sail his yacht, but I don't have the skills to go at it by myself yet.
Any other ideas to learn the ropes?
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:23   #6
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Nothing wrong with RQ - been sailing there for over 40 years ! I believe that they have some worthwhile adult classes. & as said before - skippers are always looking for crews to race around the bouys on a Saturday afternoon. Crewing mixed in with mucking about in your own boat is a great way to learn.. Other alternative is to buy your own boat & have some crew come sail with you ?
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Re: G'Day from another newby

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...thanks for the welcome people.

I mentioned the RQYS as a place mostly to get trained up.
As a youngster I helped dad sail his yacht, but I don't have the skills to go at it by myself yet.
Any other ideas to learn the ropes?
Reckon that's a good idea. Firstly to find out if you like the sailing life, it does have its downside, you know. And then, like you say, gets some valuable training.

Have a browse through our photos and videoclips if you want to see a bit more from the deck of a sailing ship. Our first book, Two's a Crew, will give you a good idea of the ups and downs of sailing around Australia. Cheers from Tasmania,
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Welcome, I am currently living the dream, at the moment hanging about Great Keppel Island, life is good,
Cheers, Emmo
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
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Greeting and welcome....yall are everywhere. The second person I met after arriving to Key West is from Tazmania..
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