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Old 12-05-2015, 16:47   #1
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Since I just discovered this forum and responded to another post, I thought I'd introduce myself.

I learned to sail with a club on Georgian Bay in the mid 80's; met my wife on one of their sailboats. (She was a student and I was a very junior instructor at that time. Nowadays that might be considered harassment of some sort, but it all worked out.) We sailed a little bit together and then life got in the way and we were busy with other things.

Fast forward to 2014 and a fortuitous chance to sail in the Gulf Islands out of Victoria. We both remembered how much we love this, and were both on the verge of retirement, so guess what the retirement project is ...

First step is passing the formal certifications that we never bothered to get. We have a course scheduled in two weeks with a couple of friends to get Sail Canada intermediate cruising; I've already done the coastal navigation certification. Upgrade my radio licence to current standards and, on paper at least, we're good to go.

Next step is probably charters on the Great Lakes to build some experience, and then we'll see where it takes us.

I'm happy to have found this forum - looks like an interesting group.

(Edit: I'll capitalize the title next time. Just saw the sticky and I agree that it's good practice, must have been feeling lazy tonight.)
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Old 12-05-2015, 19:18   #2
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Old 12-05-2015, 19:30   #3
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Greetings old "newbie" your story sounds a lot like ours! Isn't it funny how life happens & as we get closer to retirement we tend to get back to our best experiences when we were young. Fair winds & following seas!
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Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum to both Anglais and OneChance too!
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Welcome AnglaisinHull (you're not from Ottawa are you?). Always great to have more Great Lakes sailors here. Sounds like you're well on your way to the cruising life.

You probably know this, but there great chartering opportunities up in the North Channel. Of course Georgian Bay is also wonderful. And for something slightly more adventurous you could charter out of Bayfield, WI and sail the Apostles in Lake Superior.


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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, AnglaisInHull.
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Old 13-05-2015, 09:32   #7
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Actually in Gatineau - close enough to Ottawa as makes no difference. Thanks for the suggestions: the North Channel is definitely on our list, I'll look into the others as well.
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