Hello to all!
My name is Tony and I think I like sailing :-)
Living in southern Portugal
, I have passed the last few years dreaming about sailing our costal waters.
No one in my family
has ever been a sailor as far as I know and most of my contact with the see is either at one of the thousand beaches we have here or through a small powered motorboat I use to go sports fishing
with my father in law in the summer.
As I don't have any experience at sailing, my plan is to sign up for a basic sailing course (20h) next summer and see if I even like sailing. It does seem to be fairly interesting and enjoyable but without hands-on experience, its hard to tell if it is something for me.
If everything goes well and I do end liking the activity, my next step would be attending a more advanced course (also another 20 hours) and then find a small and preferably cheap
sailboat to get some practice on my own for a couple of years.
Finally, my ultimate goal would be buying
something larger and suitable for costal cruising (I always loved boats like the jeanneau's Sun Odyssey) and maybe take the family
for some weekend cruising around the Algarve (if they are up for it).
I have no intention or interest in doing true bluewater cruising crossing oceans although I do admit that, one day, a solo trip to the Madeira
island wouldn't be something I wouldn 't consider.
What do you think? Is this a realistic plan or am I just kidding myself? At least one of my friends (that learned sailing at the age of 5 which seems the norm around here) thinks that I' m just too old to fully enjoy the experience. In his words, I might be able to learn to handle the boat but the motor
will always be my best friend. Is he right?
I'm 37 by the way but racing
towards 38 pretty fast...
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