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Old 30-01-2014, 21:36   #1
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Seasick Writer Seeks Your Expertise

G'day from Bribane, Australia! I'm an upstate-New Yorker who grew up in the Fingerlakes, so I at least know how to drive a motorboat, but I'm afraid I never learned to sail. I'm writing this post as I watch gorgeous cruisers and yachts sail by my apartment on the Brisbane River. I am seeking knowledge and will have specific questions about sailing in the Pacific, to inform a work of fiction that I'm writing, set in Hawaii (specifically, Kauai), but also involving Australian and New Zealand waters.

I'll save my questions for the general forum, but I just wanted to say hello and that I'd really appreciate any help from anyone who cares to answer my questions, as hopelessly naive as they may be. If you're wondering about the legitimacy of my project, I already have an acclaimed editor signed on who says I have a "billion percent" chance of publishing. An exaggeration, of course, but as I work on completing the book, I hope to furnish it with more authentic detail, especially for these areas where I'm in over my head. If any of you can help me, I'll be thrilled and most grateful.
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Old 30-01-2014, 21:40   #2
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Welcome to CF…. hope you get a chance to actually get sailing as there are probably another billion opinions on sailing strategies and philosophies available to you on this site.
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Old 30-01-2014, 21:41   #3
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Most of the Yacht clubs in Manly Brisbane have social clubs with weekly BBQ attended by cruisers. certainly MBTBC and RQ and I think East Coast do as well as SICYC at Hogs Breath Raby Bay. Turn up and talk to them about what you want to know
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Old 30-01-2014, 21:53   #4
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Thank you, I have looked into this and unfortunately the clubs all seem too far away on the coast (I don't have a car here). Since I live right on the Brisbane river that goes out to sea, I often wish I could somehow introduce myself to people sailing by and ask for a ride in these quiet waters on the type/ size boat I'm writing about (I'm not kidding about my penchant for seasickness). So your and Pelagic's advice to get out there and/or get sailing is very good; I wish I could act on it more. I'll look into it further, though...
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Train from Brisbane to Manly Station very short walk to any of the Marinas at Manly, Or
Cleveland Station and 80 mtrs to the Hogs Breath on a Wednesday night for SICYC.

Just and idea
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Thanks again, didn't realize these marinas were so close to the train stops. I called one of them a few weeks ago and asked if I could interview someone, so maybe I'll take the train out and meet them in person. I'm a bit shy and a youngish female in unfamiliar territory, so I might not feel totally comfortable strolling up to some of you Aussie sailors at the Hogs Breath. There are reasons I was looking for a forum like this.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
It's good to have you here on the forum.
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hahaha.... i'm a fellow New Yawker....sometime a fair writer.
but not know because i'm indulging in a bit of single malt
my advise is sober up first mate and we'll go for a sail...then we will see.
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Hi eve wellcome to CF. I worked for Welch Allyn for a while so I know the finger lakes quite well.


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