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Old 18-10-2011, 18:49   #1
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Question Newbie Going to Florida to Learn to Sail

Hello everyone, I've been visiting my in laws in Florida every year for the past 20, this year I want to learn to sail. Any suggestions will be a big help. Eventually I want to buy a big sailboat for retirement, can't stop surfing beneteau & jenneau websites.

I will be in south Florida from Dec 23 till Jan 9.

Thanks for all your expert advice!
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Old 18-10-2011, 19:27   #2
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We did the same think about 6 years ago. Be warned....we now live aboard.

Good luck, Key West rocks. We did ASA 101 - 104, did classes during the day, partied in Key West in the evening, and stayed on the boat.
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danthejet - welcome to the board - we sail a 2001 jeanneau ds40 - she is a real sweet heart and we love sailing her and she loves to sail - hope you find a good jeanneau - the better ones are the ones prior to benne taking over and trying to cheapen them up

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, DantheJet.
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Welcome to CF....
While your down there rent a Hobie Cat and go out and play...
a morning with the renter will get you going... enough for gentle soloing...
OK its not a nice Bene/whatever but it will sharpen you up to wind and wave... dinghies are to easy to 'right'....
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It's a big state. Whereabouts in Florida are you going to be?
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Hello everyone, I've been visiting my in laws in Florida every year for the past 20, this year I want to learn to sail. Any suggestions will be a big help. Eventually I want to buy a big sailboat for retirement, can't stop surfing beneteau & jenneau websites.

I will be in south Florida from Dec 23 till Jan 9.

Thanks for all your expert advice!
WHERE in Florida? It's a big state!
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Old 19-10-2011, 08:29   #8
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Old 19-10-2011, 16:21   #9
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Re: Newbie Going to Florida to Learn to Sail

I will be in the Fort Lauderdale area,
I want to start with a 2-3 day ASA 101 course, any thoughts on sailing schools?

Thx
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
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Re: Newbie Going to Florida to Learn to Sail

Welcome. I had a great time with the Offshore Sailing School on Captiva Island, near Ft. Meyers years ago: Florida Sailing School - Sailing Lessons - Sailing Vacation Florida | Offshore Sailing School

They are still there so they must be doing something right. And the manatees are cool too.

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We used "Blue Water" and liked them and learned a ton. Blue Water Sailing School, ASA Bareboat Certifications, Offshore Sailing, Navigation & Seamanship
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Re: Newbie Going to Florida to Learn to Sail

Welcome aboard, dan the Jet.

You must be really quite desperate if you're resorting to sailing just to escape the in-laws...

Good luck with it, hope you have a lot of fun!
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CGSC Adult Sailing Programs

US Sailing programs tend to be less commercial than ASA
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