After lurking for a few days I figured it was time to introduce myself to this great community!
I'm new to yacht sailing, but have been on and around boats most of my life. I dingy sailed as a kid growing up in the UK, mostly Mirrors and Toppers. I got into scuba diving
in my late teens, and in my 20s spent all my disposable income diving
in the Red Sea. In '98 I went out to Borneo and worked for a dive shop in exchange for being trained and certified as a Divemaster. I tried really hard to get back into 'regular' life when I returned to the UK, but it wasn't happening! In 2000 I went to Ft Lauderdale and got my Instructor ticket through ProDive, and then got a job in the Bahamas
. I ended up buying
a dive shop, getting married, and having a child...life was great until the world economy went belly-up. By '08 we were out of options for keeping the shop open, and we left our island life and moved to my wife's home town in Montana.
We're back on our feet again, and last Autumn I bought a 1974 Catalina
22 with the goal of getting us proficient enough to enjoy sailing holidays in the summers, and maybe one day spend an extended amount of time living and sailing in the Caribbean
, and beyond.
I took my boat out just once last year, desperately trying to recall
sail usage from my dingy days! Thankfully I was able to get us out and sailing for a few hours, and back to the dock
, without incident! Dropping the mast
was almost a disaster: we unfastened the wrong shroud
, and luckily I caught the mast
before it dropped sideways onto a parked Range Rover!
I'm booked to take ASA
101 in February (in AZ, since the lakes here are frozen!) so that I don't have to guess how to sail anymore, and may take 103 later in the year. My goal is to be able to charter
in the summer of '16 and sail part of the Exuma chain.
Anyway, greetings to you all. And thank you for providing such a valuable resource for sailors.
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