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Old 23-08-2011, 17:25   #1
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Hello from a San Francisco Scaredy Cat

Hello Friends: Hello from San Francisco! I'm relatively new to sailing and am planning to sail with my boyfriend from SF to Cabo and back this November-December. I am terrified. Terrified. Tell me it will be okay.
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Old 23-08-2011, 17:33   #2
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Welcome aboard. Having done that trip a few times it can be wonderful and or horrible. As long as you have time to pick your weather windows it is a great trip. Here is a link to a great book on the SF to SD part Amazon.com: The Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California: Golden Gate to Ensenada, Mexico, Including the Offshore Islands (0639785801825): Brian Fagan: Books and the books on the Baja part are more limited but I would recommend "The Baja Bash II" "Charlie's charts of Mexico" and there is a very nice platic coated chart that is for sail from Downwind Marine that gives good lat an long positions of the different anchorages.
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Old 23-08-2011, 17:34   #3
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It will be ok.

Really!

Keep in mind that your fears don't make it dangerous and that people have been sailing all over the world since forever.

It will be great.
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Depends on your boyfriend, the boat, and the weather.

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Old 23-08-2011, 17:56   #5
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while you may be terrified, the rest of us are jealous!

a friend recently did a weekend sailing class at Treasure Island Sailing Club 3 or 4 hours for both weekend days. it was pretty cheap (like $150). He said it was fun and relaxed and he walked away knowing what he needed to practice and learn and excited for on the water adventures.

sounds like it may be a good fit for you also...

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i found it pretty easy on google if u r interested.

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Depends on your boyfriend, the boat, and the weather.

And you - it should be a (fun) adventure, go with that spirit...

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More time on a boat is the best cure for nervousness. Time on your boyfriend's boat would be great, but as some have mentioned, taking some classes might be even better. For example, there are some sailing schools on S.F. Bay that will take you out around the Farallones and back -- these conditions are often a little tougher than what you will experience in the bay. Look at OCSC and Modern Sailing School.

And, I hesitate to mention, the way you conquer your nervousness about stressful situations is to go and experience stressful situations. It can be a liberating experience to occasionally step outside your comfort zone.
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it should be OK. Just set your expectation low. You might be boarded by the coast guard, you will likely have some huge seas but they should be behind you or really off the stern quarter. Dont let them scare you... it's just how the ocean is at times. Do expect to get tired of the boat moving all directions. Your legs may get real tired of the motion. Do give him a break steering! You both may get cranky from poor sleep and fatigue.... just go with the flow. My first trip I was welcomed just north of cabo at 8 am in the morning by a crowd of breaching humpbacks! Then about 200 porpoises!
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Hello Friends: Hello from San Francisco! I'm relatively new to sailing and am planning to sail with my boyfriend from SF to Cabo and back this November-December. I am terrified. Terrified. Tell me it will be okay.
you willdo fine--do you like sailing and small spaces? dolphins and fishes and birds and stars and everything right there with ye? awesomeness of the night right there!!!
is peaceful. absolutely awesome sunsets and sunrises....is an impressive and glorious trip. make sure he reefs sails north of cabo....gets breezy there.
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Thanks Friends: The boat: a 33' Pearson Vanguard; the boyfriend: actually a professional sailor / sea captain with tons of bay sailing experience but very little ocean sailing experience (none on our boat!); me: some sailing skills but experience only in the Bay! Your comments are reassuring, though, and I thank you. I plan to keep my eye on the margarita at the end of the journey.
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anyone who can sail sf bay can sail ANYWHERE so do not worry you will be fine. pearson vanguard is a good boat. when ye get to mazatlan lets go for tacos and beers...i willbe here i think until may. we see--i want to get to canal but i also want to see what is here and near. first.
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Personal opinions: Good boat, good sailor, but it really would be better for your confidence, comfort, and ability to contribute to the voyage for you to get in some good time on the water. The skipper is responsible for orienting you to the boat and to the way life is organized on board a boat, and the less that comes as a surprise, the better for your ability to adapt and thrive. Everyone on the boat should know how to be safe and should understand all the basics of how the boat works. Expectations for who does what and what happens on the boat should be explained and understood before the voyage happens for maximum happiness.
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