I've just joined CF and, since I have lurked a bit, I know I will enjoy my time here among like minded individuals.
I recently regained the fire for sailing and have managed a few outings on the Columbia
river (I live in the Portland
, OR area) but am waiting for some real wind
instead of the summer breezes (that was NOT a complaint, BTW).
Have sailed club boats (Capri 22, mostly - fun to sail) and desire to purchase
a boat of my own - but that needs to wait for other committments to be fulfilled first. Until then, I plan to join Island Sailing Club and use their boats, take some classes
(does it "really" make a difference?) and ease my way into the sailing community in the Portland
I hope to find someone to take my wife and I for an ocean sail out of Newport
, so I can really see how that differs from the river (I'm guessing there's a big difference) and to see if I can manage without being in sight of land. I know the theory, but in practice, will I be a believer?
Until then, I want to sail as often as possible. I have lots of weekday opportunities, but most people have this work thing they need to deal with. I manage a few Saturdays with a sailing classmate of mine, but am clamoring for more.
Anyway, when I can't sail, I can read this forum, I've already learned quite a lot and look forward to learning
It's already a friendly group of sailors.