Just registered today.
Here is my quick nautical biography.
Born in Istanbul
First experiences in the water
were in Black Sea with my canoe while I was 5-6 yrs old.
Later, with help from our neighbour, a retired Navy Captain
, we designed and built a rig for my rowing boat which I sailed in Sea of Marmara.
Joined Naval High school
in 1968 and sailed Optimists, Pirats and Finns and Kiks (Clinker built rugged Turkish Navy
launches with an interesting gaff rigged Ketch
Graduated to Naval Academy where I sailed Starboats as well as various other sail and power boats.
Graduated in 1974 and sailed various boats like Minelayers, Submarines, LST's, and Destroyers.
A mojor change in my sailing life took place and I found myself living in San Diego
and sailing the Sandiego harbor in my 21 ft trailerable sloop
Progressed to an Ericson
29 and started participating in races and making short cruises to Oceanside and Catalina Island
Moved to Texas
in 90's and continued sailing and racing
in Lake Ray Hubbard, near Dallas. (40knt+ winds were neat in a small lake)
Moved the boat back to San Diego
and pursued my ambitions of making a million dollars in a start-up company. lived aboard the Ericson for about a year.
No luck, the start-up did not survive. Went back to Texas
with my tail between my legs and flew to San Diego once in a while to sail.
Moved to Massachusetts
in 2001 prior to 9/11 disaster.
Parted with the Ericson in 2004 and currently I am boatless.
The plan is to retire around 2011 or so and build a 65ft steel ketch
to live aboard and circumnavigate.
So there, I am not sure if it is usual for new comers to provide this much information but it is done. Hope I did not bore you too much. I promise not to blabber on in my future posts.
I have the drawings for my Steel
Ketch and constantly planning and dreaming about how I am going to build it. In the mean time I hope to receive a lot of good advice and tips from you all about cruising in general.
Thanks for listening.