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Old 17-05-2011, 11:15   #1
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Sailing for only a year now and am enjoying the experience. I have recently purchased a Columbia 34 and truly enjoy my time on the bay. The learning has been challenging with no shortage of humility. Finished up my keelboat certification as well as my Basic Sailing certificate. Now putting in the cruising time to qualify for the BareBoat course.
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Old 17-05-2011, 16:26   #2
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Welcome aboard CF and enjoy..

The more sailing time, the more fun time
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Old 17-05-2011, 22:44   #3
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Welcome to CF and S.F. Bay! You might want to look into some of the local yacht clubs and/or racing organizations. There's probably no better way to learn to sail. I've got quite a few sea-miles on my own boat (and previous boats), but I still sign up to crew for my friends from time to time. I usually learn something new when I sail on someone else's boat.

If you are interested in ocean racing (or cruising), check out the seminars that the Pacific Cup organization will be putting on in advance of the 2012 race to Hawaii. I think there's a seminar coming up in July.

Now we just need the weather to get warm and sunny!
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Old 17-05-2011, 23:05   #4
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Welcome to CF and to sailing; the Bay is one of the greatest and most challenging places to sail, and a great place to learn. You will never be without a challenge. If you get tired of the fog, head into Richardsons Bay or north up to China Camp or Paradise Bay; or tuck into Ayala Cove at Angel Island.

Learn the tides and currents (Kame Richards, Pineapple Sails, offers inexpensive short courses on currents inside and outside the Gate), read religiously Latitude 38. and above all enjoy. You can almost probably hitch a ride as rail meat during beer can races; a great way to learn even if you're not into racing that much; South Beach YC has theirs on Fridays; folkboats and others race often Wednesday evenings out of SF Marina's clubs; and the Bay View Boat Club has Monday Nite Madness (every other week, I think). Just bring foulies, a little beer, and enthusiasm.

You will find a great bunch of people sailing here, and a great many places to explore.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
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"read religiously Latitude 38"

I've been reading since vol 1 nr 1, but can't say that the term "religiously" ever seemed appropriate to Lat 38! A great mag, none the less.

Oh yeah, welcome to you, HaleyC. Enjoy the Bay

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