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Old 08-08-2010, 17:48   #1
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Hello from Cheshire (Greenhorn)

Hello, Im a newcomer, looking for Wisdom.
I am currently in Cheshire, making a career in the Adventure Industry. I have always wanted to sail the open sea's. I don't own a yacht (yet), still trying to figure out which one to get! I hope to gain some ideas through this site.
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Old 08-08-2010, 18:26   #2
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Start small and work your way up. That way when you make a mistake, it will be a smaller one.
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Old 09-08-2010, 00:43   #3
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Get a little dinghy on the lakes nearby, find the local sailing club, get some hours in.
Then start to look further afield when you've learnt the sailors language and can be useful.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:13   #4
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thanks

I will, thanks for the advice, iv been sailing toppers and such and been sea kayaking for a number of years so have basic knowledge of tides,charts,weather and navigation. I am just at the stage where i want to get going now, been reading manuals and looking at boats for about 10 years. Been busy with other adventures that i knew i needed to do whislt i was fit enough( young enough)

i will start to trawl through the wisdom on this site, to answer my FAQ,
Thanks for the welcome.
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I'd still recommend a local sailing club, just to crew in races. There's a lot of tactics, wind reading, and sail trimming to learn and little cost.
And you can do it several times a week. Buying a bigger boat leaves you with too much travelling and not enough days.
Your local coastlines are pretty good though, I'd suggest buying the charts for the area you already know quite well then just get down to the marina's at weekends and see what's happening. You might get a bargain, you might get some free trips, you might even be ballast on a fast boat, they always want guys to sit on the rail but you don't do too much. Join the club that has what you want and go from there. Enjoy the new dimension to what is already a pretty full life by the sound of it.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
If you haven't started sailing yet I'd recommend a course to see if you really like it. Then, if you do, you can sail on other peoples boats or get a small boat to have fun in and learn more.
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