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Old 04-10-2009, 15:15   #1
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Hello from Virginia

Hi, everyone.

I was only really introduced to sailing this past year. A friend and instructor showed me the ropes over the course of several full days on a couple of his 21' boats. After twenty sea hours, the last six or so which were entirely single handed, out on the Potomac in a variety of conditions, I was hooked. I used to fly planes some time ago, so the physics behind sailing really appeals to me - as does the sheer rush of being out on the water, so closely tied to it and the wind.

I've since moved to the Tidewater area of Virginia and now live right on the James river. My dad and I co-own a 17' Boston Whaler, but I'm also looking at purchasing a sailboat of my own this winter or early spring in the 20-30' range. I'm still undecided as to just how much of a restoration project I want it to be. In the meantime, I'm also hoping to find another school in this area or at least someone to rent a boat from so that I can continue learning (and just enjoying being on the water).

Reading back through some of the threads here, I'm really impressed at the level of knowledge and helpfulness that everyone seems to have. I expect to make a lot of really stupid mistakes at first once I get out there more. Hopefully reading what some of you have to say can at least ensure that they're not stupid AND horribly dangerous mistakes. ;)
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Old 04-10-2009, 15:45   #2
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Welcome Coyotek,
The adventure begins. Enjoy the learning experience. Some people perfer to call the learning experience mistakes but enjoy. The Tidewater area has a lot of places to explore. You have already realized that this board has numerous members that have vast and not so vast amounts of experience.
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Welcome to the Forum. Lots of sailboats for sale here around Deltaville.
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Old 06-10-2009, 16:12   #4
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Aloha and Welcome aboard!
I hope you enjoy this forum as much as I do. You're in a great place to enjoy sailing and will have lots of companions out on the water on nice days.
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