I'm from Atlanta as well (Woodstock, actually). I got here kinda the same way. I've been into boats for a while, always motorboats, though. But I think about sail boats more and more. So I started hanging out in here a few days ago and got hooked. One thing I learned was in a thread talking about the operational costs of sailboats vs motorboats. I had no idea that sails
were that expensive! And only last about 5 years under hard use. Yikes. But, still, even though I've never sailed, I can imagine there's nothing like it. I got a feeling that once I do it I'll be hooked.
FYI: You probably have already found this out, but there are sailing schools up on Lanier.
I keep my boat in Charleston and go down there about every other weekend.