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Old 27-08-2012, 19:57   #1
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Noob from VA

Hey everyone,

I'm a newbie sailor and new to this forum. I live and work in Northern Virginia. Went sailing for the first time 2 years ago and got bit by the sailing bug. Since then I've sailed quite a bit on the Potomac in Flying Scots but decided I needed to do some "real" sailing so last fall/winter I went to Maryland and Puerto Rico and got my ASA 101, 103, 104 certs. Now I'm ready to take the plunge into boat ownership but first I'm attempting to make myself smart enough to be slightly less than dangerous. I've already learned a lot from this forum and I hope to continue my education. I believe the best way to learn about sailing is from those who do it regularly. I ask for your patience as I ask what are certain to be deemed stupid questions at times.

And who knows, I may bump into some of you out on the Chesapeake. Well, not really "bump into" but if you see a 50-ish looking guy dangling over the port side of a sail boat with his feet tangled in various sheets and halyards while the boat chooses its own could be me.

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Old 28-08-2012, 04:32   #2
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Welcome, and good luck finding the perfect boat. I'll look for you out on the Chesapeake...shouldn't be hard to miss!
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Old 28-08-2012, 09:58   #3
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Re: Noob from VA

LOL! That was a wonderful parting image, sir! Welcome to CF. I'm new here also but have loved all the people that I've met so far and more importantly, all the wisdom and information you can find here. Such a great place to share your dreams w/ those who are living them and willing to be instrumental into making ours come true!

Fair winds & following seas...and watch out for those tangly sheets.

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Old 28-08-2012, 11:01   #4
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Yes ....welcome! I am in VA as well! Hope you find the perfect boat!
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Old 28-09-2012, 18:33   #5
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here on the forum.
kind regards,
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Old 28-09-2012, 18:59   #6
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Re: Noob from VA

Welcome. I remember many years ago sailing a Flying Scot, great boats to sail. You can learn a lot more about sailing in a dingy than a big boat. For pure pleasure of afternoon sail, a small boat is more fun. The more time you spend sailing a Flying Scot, the greater your sailing skill will become. The problem with a FS, they are not much fun to cruise in, a bigger boat is much more comfortable. I did have two cousins who cruised the Chesapeake Bay on a Sunfish one summer, but they were 14 years old.

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