Hello all, I just wanted to introduce myself and give credit where credit is due, this is a great forum and the knowledge held within it is invaluable!
My sailing history
started while I was still in nappies, sailing in Holland
on my uncles yachts. The earliest I can remember was a Sonata(not sure) build by Dehler. He has had many, many yachts since and all have increased in size considerably.
When I was 9 I got my first dinghy
, an optimist called 'Kalle' and enjoyed sailing that as well as being lucky enough to know most racing
yacht owners in my town in Germany
, so I could always pick and choose what yacht to go racing
on depending on weather
and what I thought would suit the conditions. :-)
I then moved to Australia
and decided to become a sailmaker
. Ocean racing was something I just loved doing. The survival aspect included into competitive racing was just the adrenalin rush I was looking for. Numerous ocean races including Sydney
to Hobart's on some of the worlds most amazing racing yachts. I was lucky that people preferred having sailmakers on board just for the added 'insurance' I guess.
For numerous years I have not sailed now, as life took other turns. A recent trip to Bali however saw me looking out onto a beautiful schooner. This started the ideas, dreams and desires flooding back. How nice would it be to sail the seven seas again!?! I have no idea what the yacht is called, not who designed it, but she has an interesting rig and sail-plan on her, that you don't see every day. (I'll try to get a picture up, so if you know of any information about this yacht, please let me know.)
Since our return from that trip, my girlfriend and I have decided to make sailing a reality. She has not sailed before, but I have every confidence in her ability to pick it up quickly and learn all there is to know about it. She is just that type of girl. :-)
So, this turned out to be a little longer than I had thought for my opening post, but hello all and thank you for a great forum.