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Old 09-08-2009, 09:42   #1
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Newbie / Greenhorn / Absolute Beginner :P Hi!

I'm brand new to sailing, my husband grew up on sailboats but until recently hadn't been out for many years. We took a trip to visit his mom (she's a pro and owns a sailing school) and he's hooked again I was afraid I'd feel seasick / uncomfortable being an absolute land baby but ended up completely in love with everything about our day trip.

Hubby is now hooked on the idea of buying a boat, brushing up his skills (and me learning everything needed as well) and then spending winters sailing the carrabean (which would be a nice change weather wise from freezing our afts off in Nova Scotia...lol)

I'm poking about the forums looking for information on what i've gotten myself into by agreeing to this maddness but am also very excited and enthusiastic about embarking on a big adventure too!

I'm sure I'll be looking for lots of help and asking lots of questions

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Old 09-08-2009, 09:54   #2
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Welcome to Cruisers Forum Dol!

Don't worry, sailing is a madness we all share around here.

It sounds like you are already partially set up with your mother in law having a school. Definitely take some lessons.

They say that once you get salt in your blood it never comes out. Have fun!
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:07   #3
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Welcome to Cruisers Forum Dol!

Don't worry, sailing is a madness we all share around here.

It sounds like you are already partially set up with your mother in law having a school. Definitely take some lessons.

They say that once you get salt in your blood it never comes out. Have fun!

to an extent that's true, unfortunately she lives a few provinces over so we're more than likely going to have to find a school here in NS to get all our skills and accredations settled. Meanwhile I've found the local maria has a wednesday free sail session that will allow me to start getting my feet wet (only figuratively speaking I hope lol). It's pretty early in the game for us but one thing I know for sure is it's never to early to start making friends and looking for advice
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One of the best ways for ladies to learn sailing is on a ladies only course.

IMHO course should not be taken with the husband, this reinforces the - "well he knows what he is doing, I shall just sit back and let him get on with it"

We all make mistakes when learning - that is the best way to reinforce the learning experience. The biggest part of the learning curve is not to make the same mistake twice.

Academically sailing is not an enormous mountain, it is a practical skill, of which 85% is primarily applied common sense.
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Aloha and Welcome aboard!
Good to have you here and posting. Let us know how the courses come out. If you can't find a woman's only course then I recommend being in a different course or at least a different boat than the husband if he'll be taking courses. It really is much better. A good book to get you started is Start Sailing Right!
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