Hi. Long time lurker. First time poster (in this sub, anyway).
I'm moving from Phoenix to Iowa City after my daughter finishes third grade next year (2022). As this will put me within half a day's drive of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior
, I'm excited at the thought of finally being a position to start chasing down my sailing dreams.
I currently have no boat
; just a Type III PFD
and a length of line for practicing my knots when I think about it. SoCal is a little over half-a-day's drive for me, but despite more than a little casual planning and effort, I've never managed to get out on the Pacific.
Moving to Iowa is going to mean a fresh start. For the last 20+ years, my life has revolved around cars and trucks. I'd like to start moving more toward the water
So I'm curious where folks in the area might suggest I start poking around, digitally, between now and then. I'm used to commuting 2+ hours a day here in Phoenix and easily drive to LA 3-4 times a year.
There's an awful lot of Great Lakes
coastline within 4-6 hours of Iowa City; Chicago to Duluth, pretty much. I'm curious if there are any regional sailing clubs or events
I could start looking into now so as to be potentially getting to know people in advance of seeking crew spots and help getting started.
Thanks in advance.