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Old 25-08-2009, 23:21   #1
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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 for certification (does it "really" make a difference?) and ease my way into the sailing community in the Portland area.

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 much more.

It's already a friendly group of sailors.

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Old 26-08-2009, 01:17   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

I cant help with the sail experience - no boat, and living in Norway , but can help answering questions!
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Old 26-08-2009, 13:31   #3
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Aloha and Welcome aboard!
Originally from Salem and left in '63. On the subject of certification. Yes, it really matters. It shows the club that you at least have minimal knowledge and can be trusted with their boats. Even a lifelong sailor will be asked to prove from time to time that they can be trusted using someone elses boat and many times it takes a few times out on the water or at least a written exam. If you want to circumvent it then you'll have to purchase your own boat.
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Old 26-08-2009, 14:17   #4
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I am new to this forum also from Portland.
Are you aware of the website:

www.sailpdx.com

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Old 26-08-2009, 22:53   #5
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planetluvver wrote: "I am new to this forum also from Portland.
Are you aware of the website:

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I wasn't until now. Thanks.

What we really need is a bit more wind. Lately it's been a bit calm.

Hopefully, we'll get more wind as the weater gets more "typical" Oregon.
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Old 29-08-2009, 19:03   #6
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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 for certification (does it "really" make a difference?) and ease my way into the sailing community in the Portland area.


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I just reread your original post. If I am not mistaken, ISC includes the first ASA course for its members. And the cost is included in the membership dues. I have thought of joining them also, but I always think that the money might be better saved for investing in a boat.

I DO own a LIdo, but since I no longer own a car, she hasn't seen any water (other than rain LOL) for years.

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