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Old 31-07-2008, 13:56   #1
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Hello,

My name is Douglas. This year marks the reigniting of my sailing flame. During my childhood I sailed Beetle Cats on Cape Cod. Haven't sailed since. Now, as a new member of the Olympic Sailing Circle Club (OCSC) in Berkeley, CA, I am enrolled in their many exceptional classes and courses, next of which is Bareboat Cruising under the US Sail keel boat program.

I joined this forum to gain incite into the world of cruising. I would love to get onto the open water to "see what's out there." I know, nothing but water! But, there's gotta be more and I want to experience it first-hand.

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Old 31-07-2008, 14:04   #2
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Aloha Douglas,
Welcome aboard! Lots of nice things to see when you're out there. Just this last month I cruised out the Golden Gate and saw whales, porpoise, sea otters, sea lions, albatross, seals, white pelicans, brown pelicans and numerous other critters and then we saw fog.
Made into Moss Landing in Monterey Bay before coming back to Hawaii.
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WELCOME, and that's a great club you are sailing with. It's always great after a good sail to sail home downwind. I was in EmeryCove for 17 years. Again welcome back to sailing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 31-07-2008, 15:40   #4
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Hi Captain John and Imagine!

Thanks for the welcome :-)

I'm looking forward to reading more of the posts in Cruisers Forum. I will need all the information I can get towards my first cruising adventure and I am sure I'll find plenty of good advice on this forum site.

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Old 31-07-2008, 16:40   #5
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Hey Douglas:

You said, "Can't I just stay close to the coast as I sail home?" I ask myself.

Be very careful with thinking that by staying close to land you'll be safe. And be very careful with a boat that MUST stay close to land to be safe.

It's the land that can bite you, especially in storm conditions. IF a vessel is not safe off shore and it's being sailed along the coast and a storm comes up you MUST head in. That can lead to all kinds of problems. Trying to get into an unknown harbor in storm conditions is a bad bet. Problem is, you can't be sure you'll beat the storm 100% of the time. Get caught on a lee shore with a vessel that can't beat out to sea and it's trouble. IN ocean sailing sea room is your friend. Much like flying where altitude is your friend. Pilots don't head toward the ground to be safe ONLY to land. Same with sailing only it's sea room not altitude that you want.

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Old 31-07-2008, 18:08   #6
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Hi Randy,

Thank you for sharing the valuable advice. In hind site I realize that you are absolutely correct... I need to change my thinking. The boat will have to be my shelter in any weather condition and I certainly wouldn't try to take refuse in a pop-up tent during a hurricane ;-)

I think you just saved me from a potentially horrific mistake. Thanks!

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