Hi Everyone =)
I love water
. Always have. Canoes, boating
, scuba diving
- I grew up on the water
(in Muskoka) and I just feel at home there. You grow up, get busy, and take what pieces that you can.
I was in Grenada
with my 10 year old and we did a snorkeling trip on a 60' cat and I have a picture of him sleeping on the front net. The silence and only hearing the wind
and waves as we sailed back was an "aha!" moment for me.
I live near the 1000 islands in Canada
, so there is a lot of water to enjoy. The only sailing I ever did was 20 years ago in a 12' boat.
The bug has bit, so to speak.
Lucky for me I have patience and a strong desire to learn. After reading several blogs of people who have "left it all" to pursue a life of cruising (something I can't do.. for at least 5 years) I learned a few things already. In preparation of learning
to sail my FIRST step was to sign up for a night course at the college. Marine
Mechanics. (It's winter here anyway, no sailing to do.)
Second was a 6 day liveaboard
sailing course in May.
Sadly the Canadian Dollar has crashed and while a year ago when things were near par there were fair deals to have, there is no market for boats in Canada
(everything is priced in USD) and while its a great time to sell (you get back your 40% depreciation on a 10 year old boat!) its not a good time to buy.
That won't stop me though, I have a lot to learn and experience, and I am sure there are a lot of skippers in the area who could use a sailing friend =)
Anyway - looking forward to reading a lot and learning
a lot here. It is a bit intimidating (I have been reading here for a while without registering) but it seems in the end pleasantries and level headed folk show up in most heated debates =)