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Old 06-03-2013, 08:34   #1
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Hello New to Sailing and seeking experience

Alright im very new to the sailing scene how would i go about getting experience. I dont really have much money to pursue this with. Any help appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:52   #2
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Alright im very new to the sailing scene how would i go about getting experience. I dont really have much money to pursue this with. Any help appreciated. Thanks
Hi Valerio... Welcome to CF...
Cheapest sail experience... 2ndhand windsurfer
You may mock but you will learn a helluva lot... if you've a sense of balance..
Otherwise get a cheap sailing dinghy.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:52   #3
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Re: Hello New to Sailing and seeking experience

You might try visiting your local sail club and see if anyone needs crew. You may start as rail meat, move up to grinder before actually getting to "sail". ay close attention to what everyone else is doing, when you can.

You will need your own pfd, shoes, foulies, gloves, etc.. and make sure you provide some libations.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:01   #4
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Re: Hello New to Sailing and seeking experience

What Jackdale said. Specifically, google up all the local racing in your area and show up on race night. People are always looking for crew, and you'll find a boat. Totally free way to go sailing.

Also, of course, read lots so you know how it works and what things are called, look at local clubs, buy a dinghy, etc. etc. It really isn't expensive to get into until you start owning your own keel boat, and even then is pretty affordable for smaller, older boats.
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Re: Hello New to Sailing and seeking experience

Contrary to what boatman said, dinghies are cheap and you still need to balance. They are great trainers and not very forgiving if you do the wrong thing. Cheaper still is save a little money and take a basic sailing lesson. If you don't like sailing after that you have very little invested.
Sorry Boatman I just don't believe windsurfers are great boat trainers.
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You're getting some good advice. Welcome aboard CF!
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Re: Hello New to Sailing and seeking experience

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, valerio.
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Re: Hello New to Sailing and seeking experience

Sailing co-ops are great, some own one boat some a fleet of them, but they are a cheap way to jump right into sailing without a big investment. You can be day sailing and crewing on overnighters within a week of joining.
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