I've been lurking for a while and finally got around to actually joining the site. Thank you all for the information you've posted over the years- few questions seem to escape answers on this forum.
My name is Jeff and I have been sailing since I was young. I started in Long Island Sound
with my family
on a Hunter
30 that my parents owned for about 20 years. As a kid I worked at Fayerweather Yacht Club in Blackrock, CT earning just enough in wages and tips to pay for gas for my commute back and forth. I sailed on every boat that I could con my way on to after work each night, prostituting myself out as extra muscle for the older members or as local knowledge for the newer guys. I eventually went off to college at Texas
Maritime Academy in Galveston, TX and raced both dinghies and keel
boats for the school
I graduated from school
with an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate's License
but entered the USCG rather than sailing on commercial
ships. After a year in Washington DC
working with vessel security
plans (the dreaded desk job), I headed off to Naval Flight School. I've been flying CG helicopters ever since.
My wife (Sarah) and I own and race
a J22 at Riverton Yacht Club in NJ. It's named 'Prerequisite' because we agreed that we would own a boat before even discussing the prospect of having children
. One day my wife came home from work and said she thought she was ready to have kids
. I replied "Oh really? Well there's a J22 out on Lake Erie that I have my eye on." Two weeks later I was driving out to Erie, PA to pick up our new boat. Anyway, we still don't have kids
, but the prerequisite to them has been filled.
We're in the process of buying
a Cape Dory
33 since we'd both like to get back into cruising. Racing
is great, but nothing beats a Gin and Tonic while swinging on the hook. We've looked at a lot of Cape Dorys along the East Coast- everything from 33'-40', but the 33 just made the most sense to us. We're hoping to have the sale
of the boat all wrapped up in time for spring so we can use the warm weather
getting everything together for a summer sail down to Florida
That's our story and we're sticking to it.
Nice to meet you all.